Deanna Cantrell became Fairfield's Chief of Police on October 14, 2020. She was sworn in as the first female chief in Fairfield's history, and as the 13th chief to lead Fairfield PD.

Chief Cantrell most recently served as the Chief of Police at the San Luis Obispo Police Department.

Prior to San Luis Obispo, Chief Cantrell served the City of Mesa, Arizona, as Assistant Chief for over 21 years. During her tenure, she had fiscal oversight of fleet, supply, police information technology, communications, records, and the forensics labs. She also served as the Deputy Chief of special operations, patrol commander, internal affairs lieutenant and sergeant, gang and patrol lieutenant, motor officer, and several other special operations positions.

Education: Master's in Administration, Northern Arizona University;  B.S. Education, Northern Arizona University; graduate of Northwestern University Police Staff and Command School; adjunct faculty member for Northwestern University; graduate of International Association of Chief of Police Leadership in Policing Organizations Training.   

Memberships: International Association of Chiefs of Police Professional Standards, Ethics and Image Committee; Region 12 Representative for the California Police Chiefs Association; Co-Chair of the Women Leaders in Law Enforcement Committee. In 2018, Chief Cantrell was selected as a 24th District Congressional Woman of the Year.


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