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CPCA Executive Leadership Institute (ELI) Principles & Practices


The highly-rated CPCA ELI has brought many of our leaders together for two weeks each summer for the past several years. In partnership with the Drucker School of Management at Claremont University, this program focuses on principles of Peter Drucker with a law enforcement perspective. We will highlight some of those principles with retired chief and program manager Jackie Gomez-Whiteley.


  • Chief Pete Dunbar (ret.), Pleasant Hill Police Department

    Pete Dunbar started with the Oakland Police Department in 1982. He served in a variety of assignments and positions in Patrol, Investigations and Training. In 1999, he was appointed as a Deputy Chief, where he was assigned to Field Operations and Services. In February of 2006, he was appointed as Chief of Police of the Pleasant Hill Police Department and retired as Chief on September 28, 2012. On October 8, 2012, he was appointed as the Director of the Colorado Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) where he worked until November of 2014. He received the Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Performance for his work while at POST. Dunbar received a Bachelor of Science degree in Commerce from the University of Santa Clara in 1982. He received a Master of Arts Degree in Education from San Diego State University in 2002.

    Chief Dunbar has taught Strategic and Succession Planning in the POST Management Course for the San Diego Regional Training Center. He has been an instructor for the Chief’s Association in the topics of Ethics, Strategic and Succession Planning and the Leadership Challenge. He facilitated the Becoming a Police Chief Class (formerly The Role of the Police Chief) for four years and developed and facilitated Succeeding as a Police Chief since its inception. He has consulted with several departments regarding strategic and succession planning, including Huntington Beach and Grass Valley Police Departments. He is a graduate of POST Master Instructor Class 2.

  • Chief Jackie Gomez-Whiteley (ret.), Cypress Police Department

    Chief Jackie Gomez-Whiteley is a 33-year law enforcement professional serving with distinction in Orange, Los Angeles, and Monterey County. In 1986, she began her sworn career at the Orange Police Department where she served in all three divisions: Patrol, Investigations, and Administration. She was the department’s first woman motor officer, as well as sergeant and lieutenant. In 1989, Jackie was involved in an officer-involved shooting of a kidnap and attempted murder suspect. As a result of her actions, she was awarded the Medal of Valor.

    After 23 years at Orange PD, she accepted a position as Captain at the Cypress Police Department where she oversaw both divisions: Operations and Support Services. In 2011, she was appointed Chief of Police and the first woman to serve as Police Chief of a municipal agency in Orange County. She retired in 2015 and shortly thereafter, served as Interim Police Chief for the Alhambra Police Department in Los Angeles County from 2016 – 2017. In 2019, she served as Interim Police Chief for the Pacific Grove Police Department in Monterey County.

    Chief Gomez-Whiteley obtained her Master of Arts degree from Chapman University in Organizational Leadership with a certificate in Public and Non-Profit Leadership. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Loyola Marymount University in Psychology with a minor in Alcohol and Drug Studies. In 2007, Jackie graduated from the P.O.S.T. Command College, where she published an article in Police and Security News Magazine titled: Dirty Bombs: Calculating the Threat.

    Chief Gomez-Whiteley has been an adjunct instructor at various law enforcement training centers throughout the state for 29 years and is Program Director for the prestigious California Police Chiefs Executive Leadership Institute at Drucker.

    Chief Gomez-Whiteley is a volunteer and President of Officers Give Hope, a non-profit organization dedicated to hosting marrow donor drives in the public safety community throughout the State of California. She is a member of the California Police Chiefs’ Association, California Peace Officers’ Association, and International Association of Chief of Police. Chief Gomez-Whiteley continues to serve on many boards, such as Orange County Exploring Learning for Life.

February 24, 2021
Wed 12:00 PM PST

Duration 1H 30M

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