Renaud is Folsom’s first female police chief

By: Laura Newell Telegraph staff writer
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Folsom’s first female police chief is now in command. Last week, Cynthia Renaud officially became Folsom’s first female police chief during a swearing-in ceremony where she was escorted by the Folsom Police Honor Guard, her command staff and mounted police officers. “I would like to thank the community for the welcome,” Renaud said. “I want to assure the public that I will be approachable and work with them. I also want to build partnerships with the community because I plan to have a long career here in Folsom.” She assumed her new duties on May 2 with an annual salary of $178,992. Renaud will also receive perks including a city provided vehicle. Renaud’s contract allows her to use her city vehicle for incidental and limited personal use, such as dropping her child off at school en route to the station, said Sue Ryan, Folsom city public information officer. The new chief will also receive $100 per month tech allowance, to be used for items such as a cell phone or a personal computer, Ryan said. The chief also receives a uniform allowance of $850 per year. “She brings a wealth of experience, talent and expertise to our organization and we are pleased to welcome her as Folsom’s first female police chief,” said city manager Kerry Miller. About 200 women serve as police chiefs in the United States, according to an article in this month’s “Police Chief Magazine.” That number represents about 1 percent of all police chiefs and sheriffs across the nation. “I am honored to be selected as Folsom’s next police chief,” said Renaud. “During the past several months I have met many members of this department and have been extremely impressed with the energy and pride with which they perform their duties. While I am looking forward to working with them and all of the city departments who serve Folsom, I am equally excited to have my family become part of this community.” Renaud said she wants to take the next few months to listen and find out specifically how her department and community can and wants to grow. “My vision is to build on our successes and work together with all city departments to provide a safe, pleasurable city to live in,” she said. “Throughout that process, I will use my experiences to better the department.” Interim Police Chief Randy Ulibarri served Folsom for five months and said the focus for them during this transition was to prepare for the new chief’s arrival. He said during his time as interim police chief, the department worked to create a succession plan, restructured command, implemented a new control schedule, maintained a balanced budget and built a budget for the next year. “You are inheriting a wonderful police department,” Ulibarri said. “You deserve this.” Renaud is planning to move to Folsom with her husband Steve and daughter Bryn, 9. “I’m so honored to be sworn in as police chief to the city of Folsom,” Renaud said. “Because of my experience, I stand before you ready.” Members of the community also attended the ceremony to welcome the new chief. Joe Gagliardi, president and CEO of the Folsom Chamber of Commerce, said he was happy to meet Renaud. “I’m delighted that the city chose such a highly qualified and experienced person as our new police chief,” Gagliardi said. “I find her to be very confident while also being open and approachable. I think those are great qualities to have as a police chief.” Renaud is a 19-year veteran of the Long Beach Police force. She has a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from California State University, Long Beach, and also holds a master’s degree in Homeland Security and Defense from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey. She attended the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy in Quantico, Va., in 2003.