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Elise Warren is Clayton’s first and county’s only female police chief

CLAYTON — The City Council welcomed its first female Police Chief Elise Warren at a recent swearing-in ceremony. She also became the only woman chief in Contra Costa County.
Since then, Warren has been getting to know police personnel and local citizenry.
“My impression of Clayton is better than I expected,” she said. “They care about the city. They have big hearts and show it.”
The former Contra Costa County Assistant Sheriff brings 28 years of law enforcement experience in every major division, including patrol services, internal affairs, field operations, technical and IT services before retiring as Assistant Sheriff over the Field Operations Bureau to Clayton.
Warren’s plans for the department include refreshed weapons training and classes on new laws for officers.
“In a small town like Clayton, they are not using those skills on a regular basis, and laws have been changing,” Warren said.
She said she enjoyed past work in Internal Affairs and defusing discord by getting to the truth, a useful skill for law enforcement, according to Warren.
When asked how being a woman might alter her performance as chief, she paused to consider possible differences.
“I think a woman brings a different perspective — a softer approach to things,” Warren mused. “When there is a problem, I look at the person as a whole, not just the situation.”
The new chief was chosen over several final candidates in November 2017 following two panel interviews by law enforcement, former chiefs, and elected and career city officials. Warren’s recommendations and references were impressive, according to City Manager Gary Napper.
Clayton police Chief Elise Warren is photographed at the police station in Clayton, Calif., on Wednesday, March 7, 2018. Warren was sworn in on Feb. 20 and is Clayton’s first female police chief and the only active female chief in Contra Costa County. Previously Warren served 28 years with the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Department, finishing as assistant sheriff. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group) 
Warren is a California Polytechnic State University graduate with a degree in physical education. She was recruited by the California Highway Patrol, but chose work closer to her, then Berkeley, before joining the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Department.
The new chief has two children, one a college graduate, and lives in Walnut Creek with her husband, daughter and two dogs. Warren’s leisure interests include volunteering at ARF and travel with her husband who is retired from the Sheriff’s Department.
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