News Flash


Posted on: January 27, 2022

Santa Rosa Police Chief Retired After 30 Years of Service

News Flash_Chief Navarro Retirement

After 30 years of dedicated service to the Santa Rosa Police Department, Chief Rainer Navarro announced his retirement to city officials and officially retired from the Police Department on May 2, 2022, allowing time for transition before his departure.

Chief Navarro served as Police Chief from 2019 after being selected through a nationwide, comprehensive recruitment process. Chief Navarro led the department through unprecedented concurring declared emergencies, including a global pandemic, the Glass Fire, and civil unrest. Chief Navarro also directed efforts to enhance the department’s relationship with the community, including the formation of the Chief’s Community Ambassador Team (C-CAT), the implementation of the city’s Community Empowerment Plan, and the restoration of the police auditor role. Additionally, Chief Navarro was instrumental in creating the Department Operations Center (DOC) and Special Enforcement Team (SET) to address emergencies and violent crimes more quickly and efficiently.

“Chief Navarro has been a progressive and thoughtful leader for the Santa Rosa Police Department,” said City Manager Maraskeshia Smith. “He has been steadfast and compassionate through some of the most tumultuous times for policing. Chief Navarro has set the bar high in working with and engaging the community and has positioned the department to be more transparent and more accessible moving forward.”

Chief Navarro began his service with the Santa Rosa Police Department in 1992. As an officer, Chief Navarro was a Gang Crimes Detective, Violent Crimes Detective, and Field Training Officer. Later, Chief Navarro was promoted to different assignments including Field Training Sergeant, Gang Crimes Sergeant, and he started the local Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T.) Program. He then promoted and was the Lieutenant for Traffic and Special Events Lieutenant, and later the Special Services and Field Services Division Captain.

Santa Rosa Police Captain John Cregan was appointed Interim Chief of Police to lead the department during the transitional period, and was then promoted to the position of Chief of Police. While the Department was saddened to see Chief Navarro go, we wish him well in his retirement and his future endeavors as a grandfather.