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CPCA Executive Leadership Institute (ELI) Principles & Practices

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

    Chief Jackie Gomez-Whiteley is a 33-year law enforcement professional having served with distinction in Orange, Los Angeles, and Monterey Counties. In 1986, she began her sworn career at the Orange Police Department where she worked 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. Because 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. Under her leadership, the Cypress Police Department was recognized by Crime Survivors as the Community-Policing Organization of the Year for 2012 and received the 2013 Community-Policing Award from the Orange County Human Relations Commission. In 2014, Chief Gomez-Whiteley was awarded the Spurgeon Award for her contributions to youth in law enforcement from Exploring Learning for Life of 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. In 2020, Chief Gomez-Whiteley was awarded the California Police Chiefs Association, Joe Malloy Memorial Award for her outstanding service and dedication to the law enforcement profession.

    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 (Claremont Graduate University). She is also an instructor for the National Command and Staff College. Chief Gomez-Whiteley is a Principal of Meliora Public Safety Consulting, LLC specializing in training, consulting, expert testimony, strategic planning, and leadership development for law enforcement agencies throughout the country.

    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. In November 2008, Officers Give Hope was the recipient of the inaugural National Service Award presented by the National Marrow Donor Program in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 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 and consults and trains Police Chiefs and City Managers throughout the United States.

  • Katharina Pick

    Katharina Pick came to the Drucker School of Management from Harvard University, where she received her PhD in Organizational Behavior. Her research examines the internal group dynamics of corporate boards of directors with a particular focus on the psychology of board membership, speaking-up behavior, and board process in decision making and conflict resolution. Recently, she has written on the subject of boardroom dynamics and board leadership. Other research interests include gender and leadership, role negotiation and social identity in high-status groups, and sense-making and diffusion of deviant organizational behavior.

    She teaches MBA courses on women in leadership, organizational behavior and theory, and teams.

    Outside of work, Pick is an avid tennis player and enjoys travel, playing guitar, film, and live music.

February 24, 2021
Wed 12:00 PM PST

Duration 1H 30M

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