Indian-American hired as chief of San Pablo Police Department

A longtime veteran of the Pittsburg, California, Police Department, Rathnesh Raman, has been hired as the chief of the San Pablo Police Department in California.

Indian-American Rathnesh Raman.
Indian-American Rathnesh Raman. Photo courtesy: Facebook

Raman, who also serves as a part-time Los Medanos Community College instructor, will be sworn in August 30, according to an East Bay Times report.

Raman will be San Pablo’s first male minority chief since the city’s incorporation in 1948, San Pablo city manager Matt Rodriguez said in the report.

The Indian-American is a 21-year veteran of the Pittsburg Police Department. He was chosen from among 31 other applicants, the report said.

“Raman brings to San Pablo an incredible reputation of exemplary leadership, community engagement, and police enforcement,” Rodriguez told the publication.

“Raman is an exceptional law enforcement leader who understands community policing and the important role law enforcement plays in strengthening communities,” added Pittsburg Police Chief Brian Addington in the report.

“Captain Raman has been instrumental in shaping Pittsburg’s crime-reduction strategies and ensuring Pittsburg police officers have the tools and training necessary to provide exceptional police services,” Addington said in a statement. “His police and executive experience will make his transition as San Pablo’s new police chief a seamless process.”

Raman, a Concord resident, is married and a father of two, according to the report. He graduated from Pinole Valley High School in 1991 and earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from California State University Sacramento, and a master’s degree in leadership from St Mary’s College, according to the release.

Raman, who joined the Pittsburg police force in 2004 before becoming a captain in 2014, will have a starting base salary of USD217,536.