Following a nation-wide search, the City Council of Rohnert Park approved a contract for Tim Mattos as the new Director of Public Safety at its Dec. 11, 2018 meeting. Chief Mattos will begin his new position Dec. 28.
Chief Mattos was appointed as the Police Chief in Suisun City in 2015 after serving as the Operations Commander since 2008. He has served as an Investigator for the Marin County District Attorney and as Sergeant and Police Officer for the Woodland Police Department. He is currently Suisun City’s interim City Manager where he oversees their Police and Fire Departments and all other city functions.
Chief Mattos has extensive training and experience in public safety. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, holds the top level of certification from the Commission on Police Officers Standards and Training (POST), and has a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Management. He has served as an Instructor at the Napa Valley College Criminal Justice Training Center.
City Manager Darrin Jenkins noted, “I am really excited to attract a candidate of Tim’s character to Rohnert Park. Chief Mattos is known for setting and upholding high standards. He also is a true developer of others. That’s what we need right now in Rohnert Park.”
Chief Mattos said, “I am honored and delighted to be joining the team at the Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety. I am a firm believer in partnerships with residents and community organizations, teamwork, goal setting and developing staff. I value the chance to build on the city’s community-oriented policy philosophy and getting to know the officers and staff. My son is a firefighter and I look forward to working more closely with the fire service.”
The search process included a community forum, surveys and interviews of public safety employees and councilmembers, numerous applicant interviews and a thorough background review. Twenty-nine public safety professionals from all over the country applied for the position.