Board Member Chief Albert Pardini has lived in San Mateo County for the past 30 years with his wife three adult children. On November 12, 2014, he was hired by the City of East Palo Alto to serve as the Chief of Police. During his tenure as Chief of Police, he has restructured the department, created a succession plan for the department, and hired seven new officers to fill vacancies in the 36 person department. Chief Pardini has implemented his community policing philosophy that has connected the department with the community and bridged many gaps that existed when he was hired. Chief Pardini credits this approach to a consistent reduction in crime and an increased trust with the community.
Chief Pardini began his career with the San Francisco Police Department in 1982 and served the community for 32 years. During his 32 years of service with the San Francisco Police Department, he served as the commanding officer of the Bayview district patrol station, Major Crimes-Investigations division, Narcotics & Vice Crimes Investigations division, Homeland Security division, Planning & Research division, and Administration Bureau Headquarters. In 2010, he served as the interim Assistant Chief of Police and commanded six divisions of the police department including the 450 million dollar budget. In 2011, Chief Pardini developed a youth outreach program that focused on “at-risk” youth that were in danger of dropping out of high school. After developing the program, he partnered with the leadership of the San Francisco Unified School District to implement the program at schools across the city.
Chief Pardini earned an associate degree in Administration of Justice from City College of San Francisco and a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services (summa cum laude) from Notre Dame De Namur University. Chief Pardini is also a graduate of two of the State of California’s elite law enforcement training programs; the P.O.S.T. Supervisory Leadership Institute and P.O.S.T. Command College. During his career, Chief Pardini has received many commendations for his actions and service to the community.
Chief Pardini also serves as an advisory board member for the University of San Francisco, International Institute of Criminal Justice Leadership and he is involved in many community programs and charitable organizations.