Pittsburg Captain Named New San Pablo Police Chief


San Pablo, CA)  The City of San Pablo has extended an official offer of employment to Police Captain Rathnesh (Ron) Raman, a 21-year veteran of the Pittsburg Police Department, as San Pablo’s new Chief of Police.

“After an extensive and competitive executive management search, I am pleased to announce Pittsburg Police Captain Ron Raman as San Pablo’s next Chief of Police,”  stated San Pablo City Manager Matt Rodriguez.

“A complete pre-employment background check confirmed that Mr. Raman is an accomplished law enforcement professional with a solid professional reputation, extensive community experience, and noteworthy credentials.  He brings to San Pablo an incredible reputation of exemplary leadership, community engagement, and police enforcement adding a valuable dimension to our outstanding Police Department.”

Raman, selected from a field of 32 applicants, will replace current Interim Chief of Police Walter Schuld who has been serving the City’s Police Department since March 2017.   Bob Murray & Associates, an executive search firm based out of Roseville, CA, was retained by the City in February 2017 to conduct the executive search on behalf of the City.

Raman has West Contra Costa County roots having spent his formidable teen years growing up in Pinole, CA, and graduating from Pinole Valley High School in 1991.   He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from California State University, Sacramento in May 1996, and a Master’s Degree in Leadership from St. Mary’s College in May 2004.  He was hired by the Pittsburg Police Department in 1996, and has had an accomplished career of advancement currently serving as Police Captain since 2014.  He is also a 2012 graduate from the California Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Command College Graduate Class #50.  Additionally, Raman currently serves on the Administration of Justice part-time faculty at Los Medanos Community College since 2005 in Pittsburg, CA.

“Captain Raman has been instrumental in shaping Pittsburg’s crime-reduction strategies and ensuring Pittsburg Police Officers have the tools and training necessary to provide exceptional police services. He will be missed.  The San Pablo Police Department and the residents of San Pablo are getting an exceptional law enforcement leader who understands community policing and the important role law enforcement plays in strengthening communities.  His police and executive experience will make his transition as San Pablo’s new Police Chief a seamless process,” stated current Pittsburg Chief of Police Brian Addington.  Chief Addington further stated:  “The men and women of the Pittsburg Police Department are very proud of Chief Raman’s appointment, and look forward to continuing to work with him on regional issues that challenge our County and State.”

Chief Raman’s official start date with the City of San Pablo is Monday, August 14, 2017.  He is the City’s first male minority Police Chief appointed in San Pablo since the City’s incorporation in 1948.  His starting annual base salary is $217,536.   Mr. Raman is married and has two children, and is a current resident of Concord, CA.

The City of San Pablo City Council will be planning an official swearing-in ceremony for the new Police Chief on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at 5:00 p.m., with a community welcoming reception immediately following in Maple Hall located in the San Pablo Civic Center, 13831 San Pablo Avenue in San Pablo.



  1. It’s a shame that Pittsburg PD did not retain him. He really knows his stuff. San Pablo’s gain…. Pittsburg’s loss.

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