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July 8, 2011 > New Chief of Police

New Chief of Police

Submitted By City of Hayward

Diane Urban has been selected as the City of Hayward's new Police Chief. When formally appointed, Ms. Urban will succeed the respected and popular Ron Ace, who is retiring.

Ms. Urban has been with the City of San Jose Police Department for more than 25 years and will be leaving the position of Assistant Chief of Police. Urban has served in a wide variety of assignments in the San Jose Department including Special Operations, Patrol, Mounted Police and Technical Services, as well as the Office of the Chief. Early in her career, she was selected as the first female member of the Intelligence Unit and was the first female officer to test and be selected for an elite unit responsible for resolution of hostage, barricade and high risk events.

"I think Chief Urban is a wonderful addition to the Hayward Police Department," said Chief Ron Ace. "She is highly experienced in all aspects of police operations and brings a sense of duty and ethics important to the City and the Department. I'm convinced she will continue the current positive direction and focus of the Department and her energy and enthusiasm will motivate the Department to achieve the next level of performance."

"We're extremely happy to have Diane join our Police Department and the Executive Team of the City. She brings a unique blend of successful experience in police operations, community awareness and sensitivity, and finance/administration," said Fran David, City Manager. "We look forward to her leading our department further along its current path to achieving our goal of excellence and recognition as the premier, CALEA-accredited, urban police department in the Bay Area."

Urban is a graduate of California State University-East Bay in Criminal Justice with a minor in Spanish, and holds a Masters Degree from Boston University in Applied Social Science. She is a graduate of the WestPoint Leadership program in Los Angeles. She teaches in various academic and public safety venues around the state. She was inducted into the Cal State University Hall of Fame in 1991 for her achievements as was a thrower for the Pioneer track and field team from 1982-85. During that time, she collected three titles in the discus at the NCAA Division II national championships, establishing a national record in 1985 with her winning throw of 174-11. She was a two-time All-American in the discus and also holds the school record in the javelin and ranks second in program history with a 48-foot toss in the shot put.

"It's a great honor to have been selected as the next leader of such a fine organization as the Hayward Police Department. I look forward to working closely with the community to foster meaningful relationships and provide the highest level of service to our public. I would like to offer my heartfelt thanks to all the team members who were a part of the chief selection process," stated Urban.

Urban, daughter of a former Los Angeles police officer, will be formally appointed and assume her position in early August pending the successful conclusion of a Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) compliant background check required of all California police chiefs accepting a position in a police department other than the one in which they are currently employed. She will become the Bay Area's eighth female police chief and join 22 other women who head police departments in California.

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