San Bruno CA Announces New Chief of Police

Article Source:  City of San Bruno CA

San Bruno Announces Appointment of New Police Chief

City of San Bruno is pleased to announce the appointment of Ryan Johansen as its new Police Chief.  Johansen, who currently serves as a Lieutenant of the San Bruno Police Department, will assume the new role following former Chief Barberini’s departure to serve the City of San Mateo earlier this year.  Interim Police Chief Eric Wollman has filled the role since Barberini’s departure in February 2020.  “We are excited to have Chief Johansen assume his new role.  Johansen has held vital roles in the San Bruno Police Department during his tenure and has represented our community nationwide following critical incidents which show his strong leadership and dedication to our community.”  said City Manager Jovan D. Grogan. 

Johansen began his Law Enforcement Career in 2004, when he was hired as a Police Officer with the Southeastern Division of the San Diego Police Department (SDPD).  During his time with SDPD, Johansen focused largely on combatting the area’s substantial gang problem, and received multiple Captain’s Commendations for his efforts.

In 2006, Johansen joined the ranks of the San Bruno Police Department, and was recognized as Police Officer of the Year during his first year on the job.  Johansen has served as a Corporal, and as a Detective Corporal where he was awarded the prestigious Meehan Coturri Special Merit Medal.  He has also served as the rank of Sergeant and Patrol Watch Commander and most recently as Lieutenant of the San Bruno Police Department.  As a Lieutenant, Johansen developed and implemented several programs that improved the level and quality of services of the Police Department.  This has included a grant-funded officer resiliency and mindfulness training program that was attended by all officers in the Police Department.  This program provides police personnel with invaluable tools for navigating the challenges of a law enforcement career while remaining perpetually mindful of the people they serve and the relationships they must nurture.  “I am extremely grateful for this opportunity to continue serving the San Bruno Community in an expanded role as Police Chief.  The City of San Bruno is truly fortunate to have such an amazing team of dedicated men and women serving in its Police Department, and I am humbled by the honor of leading them into the very bright future of this great City.  I am eager to work with the entire community, using innovation and creativity to build upon the exceptional foundation of service that was established by so many that went before me.” said Johansen.

Johansen serves as the Law Enforcement Liaison to the Bay Area chapter of Mother’s Against Drunk Driving.  He has also been a long-term volunteer for the ALS Association.

Johansen possesses a Bachelor of Applied Sciences Degree in Criminal Justice Management.  He is a graduate of both the POST Supervisory School and POST Management School, and he possesses Basic, Advanced, Supervisory and Management POST Certificates. 

Johansen has been happily married to his wife for over 20 years and they have two amazing children.  He enjoys spending time with his family, working out, reading, and he’s an avid surfer and golfer.  Johansen will assume his new role as Police Chief on Monday, March 16, 2020.

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