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David Dominguez holds over 30 years experience serving in the police force in Southern California. Most recently, from 2008 to 2011, David Dominguez held the position of Chief of Police with the Palm Springs Police Department. His responsibilities entailed managing more than 160 professionals and a $26 million budget. Programs initiated by Chief David Dominguez include Neighborhood Policing Officers, CompStat and CrimeView, Leadership Development, Youth Leadership Academy, and Books vs. Badge for youths. During the course of his service as Chief of Police, David Dominguez effectively reduced property crime, violent crime, and issues affecting quality of life in Palm Springs. Prior to joining the Palm Springs Police Department, David Dominguez served with the Riverside Police Department as Deputy Chief of Police from 2003 to 2008. His past career experience includes holding positions such as Police Captain and Police Lieutenant. He established his career in law enforcement in 1979 as a member of the Sheriff’s Department in the County of San Bernardino. Educated at California State University, Fullerton, David Dominguez holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and a Master of Arts in Public Administration. His professional training includes graduating from the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute in California and the Senior Management Institute for Police at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard Kennedy School. A leader in his profession, Mr. Dominguez previously served as President of the California Peace Officers’ Association and President of the Riverside County Law Enforcement Administrators Association. He holds memberships with the California Police Chiefs Association, the Police Executive Research Forum, and the American Society of Public Administrators, and he served as an Executive Board Member for the Western Coachella Valley Police Athletic League.

Work experience

Feb 2008Feb 2011

Chief of Police

Palm Springs, California


Sep 1983May 1988

Bachelor's Degree

California State University, Fullerton