January 28, 2009 > Ron Ace appointed Hayward Chief of Police
Ron Ace appointed Hayward Chief of Police
By Meenu Gupta
Ron Ace, who has served as Interim Chief of Police for Hayward since March 2008 has been appointed as the Chief of Police for the Hayward Police Department. "I chose Chief Ace due to his significant experience in community oriented policing and proven veteran leadership within the policing profession," said Gregory Jones, Hayward City Manager. "The City is working hard to reach out to the community. Chief Ace will further those efforts. He also has in depth experience with professional accreditation and is beginning the accreditation process for the Hayward Police Department which requires the department to evaluate every aspect of police work and ensure our department meets the highest professional standards," said Mr. Jones.
Speaking about his appointment, Chief Ace said, "When I accepted the interim Chief position, I was given several key organizational priorities to accomplish within a 6-9 month period. Those priorities included the completion of a departmental strategic plan, the implementation of a District Policing Model that would include District Field Offices and the initiation of the process to attain national accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. These goals have been met."
A native of New York City, Ron Ace's career as a law enforcement professional spans over 35 years. Prior to that, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1967 through 1971. He served with the Concord Police Department from 1975 until retirement in 2005. He previously served as a Deputy Sheriff with Alameda County from 1973 to 1975. During his tenure with the Concord PD, Chief Ace held a variety of positions. As a Police Officer his assignments included Uniform Patrol, Field Training Officer, Property Crimes Detective, Robbery/Homicide Detective, and Sexual Assault Detective.
Chief Ace also served on the Concord PD's Hostage Negotiations Team. In 1985, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant with assignments as a Patrol Sergeant, Juvenile Bureau Supervisor and Internal Affairs Sergeant. Ace was promoted to Lieutenant in 1995, serving as the Southern District Community Policing Commander, opening and overseeing the City's first district field office. He also served as SWAT Team Commander.
In 1998, Chief Ace was promoted to Captain and placed in command of the Field Operations Division, with 115 officers and 30 civilians under his leadership, including Uniform Patrol, Traffic, Special Enforcement, Jail Operations, and the three District Commands. As Chief of Police at the Concord Police Department, in 1999, Ron was instrumental in the development of Concord's generalist model of community policing. As a result of the police department's success, the City of Concord has integrated the philosophy of community policing throughout the city resulting in a true Community Oriented Government model. This model has been showcased throughout the nation. Under his leadership the Concord Police Department was awarded national accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies in 2001, and reaccredited in 2004.
"My future goals include providing clear leadership to the command staff and the department in terms of accountability and expectations. While the decline in the economy may slow things down, I'm confident that the men and women of the Hayward Police Department, sworn and non-sworn, will rise to the occasion and the HPD will continue to deliver quality service to our community," said Chief Ace.
A graduate in Public Management from St. Mary's College in Moraga, California, he is member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the California Police Chiefs Association, the Contra Costa County Police Chiefs Association and the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF).
In October, 2001 Chief Ace was appointed as a Commissioner with the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). Chief Ace served as a Commissioner for six years until his term expired in December, 2007. Chief Ace has received several awards throughout his career including, Outstanding Friend of Education - California School Administrators; Officer of the Year - Concord Police Department; Outstanding Service Award - Northern California Juvenile Officer's Association; and the Warrington Stokes Award for Child Abuse Prevention.
On March 31, 2008, after being retired for about two years, Chief Ace was appointed as the Interim Police Chief for the Hayward Police Department. City Manager Greg Jones had served as the Assistant City Manager in the City of Concord during the time that Chief Ace was the Concord PD Chief. He felt that he and Chief Ace shared a common vision of community policing and Chief Ace was tasked with moving the Hayward Police Department forward.
On January 5, 2009 Chief Ace agreed to accept a permanent position as Hayward's Chief of Police. "Chief Ace is appointed by the City Manager and serves at my pleasure. I expect that he will be here for a number of years to accomplish the many challenges before him." said Mr. Jones.