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San Pablo appoints first Asian American police chief

The city of San Pablo appointed Capt. Brian Bubar as the next police chief, making him the first Asian American to serve in the position. 

Bubar has been working in the San Pablo Police Department for 21 years and has served as the interim police chief since the former San Pablo Police Chief Ron Raman retired last December, East Bay Times reported. 

He was selected from a field of 13 applicants. Bubar was chosen for his “solid, operational reputation and extensive community knowledge and experience,” Richmond Standard reported.

“After an extensive and competitive executive recruitment search, I am pleased to announce San Pablo Police Captain Brian Bubar as San Pablo’s next police chief,” said City Manager Matt Rodriguez, East Bay Times reported.

Beginning the position on May 1, Bubar’s starting annual salary as San Pablo police chief will be $268,488, according to Richmond Standard

Bubar, a current Fairfield resident who is married with three children, has moved up the police department’s ranks since 2016 in various police command positions. 

He also earned a master’s degree in law enforcement and public safety leadership at the University of San Diego in 2021, earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice at California Coast University in 2018 and graduated from the California Commission of Peace Officers’ Standards and Training program in 2021, East Bay Times reported. 

“He is a dedicated law enforcement professional who understands the importance of community engagement practices, progressive law enforcement training, and the Department’s continued use of technology programs in substantially reducing violent crime in San Pablo,” said City Manager Matt Rodriguez, Richmond Standard reported. “He further understands the importance of law enforcement in connecting with our community to build trust, and to make it more safer, and prosperous for the future.” 

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