Glendora chooses its first female police chief
Chief Lisa Rosales was appointed to succeed former Chief Tim Staab as Glendora Chief of Police by Glendora City Council.
Rosales said don’t expect many changes. In fact, she’s pleased with the department Staab left behind.
“This is a great organization,” Rosales said. “They do some great crime-fighting and police work.”
Rosales is the first female police chief in Glendora history. Originally a teacher, she traded her classroom for a squad car when two close friends were murdered by the Hillside Strangler in 1977.
Pasadena’s department sponsored her training, and she served there for 27 years until becoming Chief of Police at the City of San Pablo in Northern California.
She holds a bachelor of arts degree from the University of San Diego and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of La Verne.
For Rosales, the appointment is a homecoming. She lived in Glendora for 19 years, and kept her home while she was at San Pablo. When the Chief of Police position opened up last year, Rosales jumped at the chance to serve the department that has kept her family safe for almost 20 years.
“Sometimes, the longest way round is the shortest way home,” Rosales said during her acceptance speech. She also said that her first few months at Glendora PD will revolve around reconnecting with her hometown heroes and getting to know the department.