Date: February 5, 2003
For Immediate Release
Chief to Retire - Assistant Chief Moves Up
Palo Alto, CA -- City Manager Frank Benest announced today
that Palo Alto Police Chief Pat Dwyer will retire on May 17. Dwyer
has been Chief in the City since 1998. Benest also announced his
appointment of Assistant Chief Lynne Johnson to the position of
"We have been very fortunate to have Pat these past five years.
He has contributed an enormous amount to the City, including two
major Department reorganizations. Pat created the Technical Services
Division that upgraded the computer technology of the department.
He also developed and implemented the Department's Strategic Plan,"
"Thanks to Chief Dwyer we now have a Financial/High Tech Crimes
Unit and a Terrorism Coordinator," said Benest. "We are
very proud of Pat and all that he has done to improve the safety
and security of our community."
Dwyer graduated from San Jose State, the California POST Command
College and the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Leadership Program.
He came to the City of Palo Alto after a career in the San Jose
"I'm pleased that I am leaving the Department 100% staffed
for sworn positions, which is a major accomplishment given the difficulties
in recruiting and retaining qualified staff in this area,"
said Dwyer. As part of that staffing program, Dwyer initiated innovative
recruitment incentive programs and instituted a formal Succession
Plan that gives young officers a career path inside the organization.
"I think that our retention strategies, including the 4 day/11hour
schedule in Patrol has helped. Plus we've set up new Department
policies for promotions and specialized assignments to keep people
engaged and provide a variety of experiences in policing,"
said Dwyer. "I'm very proud of all our personnel and think
that the City is fortunate to have such a high caliber of officers
One of those high caliber officers will be replacing Dwyer.
"It's with great pleasure that I welcome Lynne Johnson into
the role of Police Chief as of May 18," said Benest. "Lynne
has been with the Police Department for 28 years, and served as
a Field Training Officer, Research Analyst, and Watch Commander.
She progressed through the ranks of sergeant, lieutenant and was
the Department's first female captain and assistant chief, a position
she has held for 15 years," said Benest. "This is a person
who knows this city and this department inside and out and we are
confident in her ability to lead us forward in these challenging
In addition to numerous accolades as an officer, Johnson also received
the Chamber of Commerce's prestigious Athena Award for 2000 as a
professional woman who serves as a role model for others. Johnson
was the first female president of the Santa Clara County Law Enforcement
Executive Council from 1995-96. As an active member of the Palo
Alto community over the years, Johnson was the first female president
of the Kiwanis Club of Palo Alto and has been a board member of
the club for the past 13 years.
She is currently serving in her sixth year on the Board for the
YWCA of the MidPeninsula and has also served on the board of the
Palo Alto YMCA. She is a member of various professional organizations
including California Peace Officers' Association, International
Association of Chiefs of Police, and FBI National Academy Associates.
Johnson was educated at San Jose State University and received
her Masters in Public Administration from the Consortium of California
Colleges and Universities. She is also a graduate of the FBI National
"I know that the community joins me in expressing its thanks
to Chief Dwyer and appreciation of his outstanding contributions
and in welcoming incoming Chief Johnson," said Benest.