San Diego County Probation Department
Adolfo Gonzales has spent a distinguished 38-year career in San Diego law enforcement. His career began in 1978, when he was selected to participate as a San Diego Police Department (SDPD) reserve officer and was later hired as a full-time police officer by SDPD in 1979. He advanced through the organization reaching the rank of investigative lieutenant in 1992. In 1996, Gonzales was selected by the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) to serve as an FBI executive fellow, in Washington D.C. He traveled across the country conducting audits, inspections, and evaluations of various violent crimes task forces. In addition, he worked with the executive office for Weed and Seed. In 1997, Adolfo was promoted to police captain and served in that capacity until 2001, when he was promoted to an assistant chief of police with the San Diego Police Department. Gonzales became the Chief of Police for the City of National City in 2004 and in 2013 was appointed as the chief investigator for the San Diego District Attorney’s Office. In 2016, he became the San Diego County chief probation officer. Gonzales has been recognized with many honors and awards over the years including “Excellence in Public Service” from the University of California San Diego, “Chief of Police of the Year” by the Neighborhood Market Association, a “Leadership Award” from the National Latino Police Chief’s Association and many other accolades. He is involved in numerous community and professional organizations and speaks fluent Spanish. Gonzales earned his doctorate degree in leadership science from the University of San Diego in 1996. In 1989, he earned his master’s in education from San Diego State University, and in 1986 Adolfo earned his bachelor’s from National University in public administration. Gonzales is an adjunct faculty member of three local community colleges and universities in San Diego.