Sausalito swears in 1st LGBTQ+ police chief: Meet Officer Stacie Gregory.
Sausalito swore in a new police chief Saturday making history along the way putting its first LGBTQ+ person into the position. “I’m proud to be that person. I’m proud to represent the LGBTQ+ community,” said Officer Stacie Gregory.
City of Sausalito Press Release
January 5, 2024
For immediate release
Stacie Gregory Appointed Sausalito Police Chief
Stacie Gregory has been appointed Police Chief of the City of Sausalito, effective January 7,
Chief Gregory’s appointment by City Manager Chris Zapata follows 26 years of service with the
Sausalito Police Department. She becomes the second woman and first LGBTQ woman to serve
as police chief of Sausalito. Chief Gregory has served the last year-and-a-half as Acting Police
“Chief Gregory has proven she is extremely capable. Her promotion is based on multiple factors,
including her extensive experience with Sausalito residents, local businesses, the Police
Department, and all City departments,” Zapata said. “Her institutional knowledge of the Police
Department and performance as Acting Chief brought stability and continued the legacy of
community trust which was a hallmark of former Chief Rohrbacher.”
The decision to promote Chief Gregory and forgo a formal recruitment considered her successful
public safety career, education, and effective leadership of the Police Department as Acting
Police Chief beginning June 2022. She effectively managed an undermanned command staff that
was short a Captain and a Chief during a challenging fiscal and operational environment, Zapata
“I am honored to have the opportunity to serve as chief and will work hard to keep our community
safe,” said Chief Gregory. “I will continue to enhance the relationships our department has made
in the community and will prioritize communication, transparency, and respect.”
Chief Gregory became a Sausalito Police Officer in 1997. After nine years, she was promoted to
Sergeant where she served ten years. She earned a promotion to Lieutenant in 2016, followed
by promotions to Captain and Acting Police Chief.
During her career, Chief Gregory has been involved in the full gamut of public safety service,
including training, policy, patrol, waterfront management, disaster management, and budgeting.
Chief Gregory holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in
Emergency Services Administration. She has received multiple awards highlighting her service,
including Employee of the Year, Chief’s Superior Performance Award, and the Sausalito Extreme
Act of Kindness Award.
Chief Gregory is a member of the California Police Chiefs Association and the Marin County
Police Chiefs Association. As the first lesbian woman to serve as Sausalito Police Chief, Chief
Gregory’s appointment is a positive reflection of a city that holds diversity, inclusion, and
belonging as core values, Zapata said.
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