City Manager Selects Andrew Binder as Palo Alto Chief of Police

Published on July 26, 2022

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For Immediate Release  

July 26, 2022 10:45 a.m. 


Selection of 25-year law enforcement veteran follows extensive community engagement and competitive selection 

PALO ALTO, CALIF. ---- City Manager Ed Shikada announced today the selection of Andrew Binder as the City’s Chief of Police, subject to City Council approval on August 8. This appointment follows an extensive community engagement process and competitive nationwide recruitment. Binder is a 25 year-veteran in law enforcement, serving in several leadership level roles in Palo Alto as well as in San Jose. Binder is currently the City of Palo Alto’s acting Chief of Police.  

“I am very pleased to announce that following a robust recruitment process, one candidate clearly rose to the top for this critical leadership position. This selection has been one of our highest priorities and I look forward to presenting this decision to the City Council,” said Shikada. “I am confident that Andrew’s experience and leadership skills position him well to advance Palo Alto’s public safety priorities; he also has the knowledge, commitment, and forward-thinking that aligns with the Palo Alto community.”  

Binder’s law enforcement experience includes serving eighteen years with the City of San Jose in addition to more than seven years in Palo Alto. In Palo Alto, Binder held several command level executive leadership roles; progressing within the department from Lieutenant to Captain, and two years of experience as Assistant Chief, before serving in his current capacity as Acting Chief of Police since June. 

“I am honored to continue to work with members of the police department, City Manager Shikada, and the City’s department heads and look forward to building on the progress we’ve made delivering public safety services to the community. The police department will continue addressing crime professionally and equitably, and focus on key areas such as accountability, communications and community engagement, and the wellness of our personnel,” said Andrew Binder, Palo Alto’s acting chief of police. “I am thrilled to continue to partner with the Palo Alto community and union leadership to further the important work of the department.”  

Binder is a Bay Area native and holds a Criminal Justice Administration degree from San Jose State University and a master’s degree in Criminal Justice from Arizona State University and has completed the FBI National Academy for Law Enforcement Managers as well as the POST Executive Development Course.    

The City Manager will present his selection of Binder to the City Council on Monday, August 8, 2022.  

The Palo Alto Police Department is one of fourteen departments in the City of Palo Alto and is supported by 125.5 FTE (86 sworn) and has an annual FY 2021-22 General Fund budget of $40 million. The Department is organized across eight divisions: Field Services, Technical Services, Investigations, Traffic Services, Parking Services, Police Personnel Services, Animal Services, and Administration. The Department responds to 55,000 calls for service annually with an average current response time of 6:30 for emergency calls. 

The City began recruitment for the Chief of Police in January 2022 when Chief Robert Jonsen announced his plans to retire in the summer of 2022. In preparation for the recruitment of Palo Alto’s next Police Chief, the City Manager conducted several community listening sessions including a session with the City’s Human Relations Commission, online submissions, and numerous conversations, to solicit input on the priorities and key skills needed for success in this position. Information on the selection process can be found at In addition, the panel interview process consisted of 16 stakeholders including residents, local business, faith, education, and other organizations, City leadership staff, public safety unions and police chiefs from other Bay Area cities. 

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