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News - July 29, 2022

Palo Alto selects new police chief

Andrew Binder brings a quarter century of experience to the role

by Sue Dremann

Andrew Binder, a law-enforcement veteran with 25 years of experience in Palo Alto and San Jose, has been chosen to become Palo Alto's new police chief, pending the City Council's approval on Aug. 8, the City Manager's Office announced on Tuesday.

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Posted by Joel
a resident of Barron Park
on Jul 27, 2022 at 10:46 am

Joel is a registered user.

In the article about the new Police Chief; there is no mention of his attitudes toward encryption and "open" communication with the community. I'm, also, wondering whether person's of color were vetted.

Posted by Annette
a resident of College Terrace
on Jul 27, 2022 at 12:19 pm

Annette is a registered user.

I appreciate that the article lists panel members. There are a couple of names on the list, specifically Winter D. and Annette G., who often lend their voices to Council discussions, invariably speaking out for the best interests of the greater community. Any candidate who met their standards has passed a high bar. Thank you to all who served on the panel, especially the community members.

Posted by Elaine Poon
a resident of Barron Park
on Jul 27, 2022 at 5:14 pm

Elaine Poon is a registered user.

Why did Bob Jonsen retire? What is his record from the 7 years he spent in Palo Alto? This is important information as he is one of the two candidates to run for Sheriff in Santa Clara County in Nov. 2022.

Posted by reduce that footprint
a resident of College Terrace
on Jul 27, 2022 at 10:12 pm

reduce that footprint is a registered user.

To Joel's question: I count at least 4 persons of color on the interview panel, three of whom I know personally -- they have been involved with our community for years and their perspective was quite valuable I am sure! I'm also thrilled to see that the interview panel included the Momentum for Health CEO, whose perspective is definitely important in these fraught times. More info on the "community listening" sessions by our City Manager and the selection process is available here: And thanks to Sue for timely and informed reporting as well!

Posted by Christopher Reed
a resident of another community
on Jul 28, 2022 at 8:47 am

Christopher Reed is a registered user.

In its entire history, Palo Alto has never had an outstanding or noteworthy Chief of Police and hopefully newly-appointed Chief Binder will raise the bar.

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