Assistant Chief of Police Chris McGrath is a 29 year veteran of the San Diego Police
Department. Chris was promoted to Assistant Chief of Police in December 2017.
He oversees the Neighborhood Policing Command, which includes Operational Support, Research Analysis and Planning, Property and Evidence Administration, Canine, SWAT,
Communications Division, the Critical Incident Management Unit, and Information Services. He also serves as the liaison for the San Diego Police Foundation and the Chief’s Community Outreach Advisory Boards.
Prior to his appointment, Chris was assigned as the Captain and Commanding Officer of the Professional Standards Unit / Internal Affairs, and the Mid-City Patrol Division. As a
lieutenant, his responsibilities included SWAT Executive Officer, Southeastern Patrol,
Northern Patrol, Vice Operations, Robbery Unit, Metro Arson Task Force, and District
Attorney Liaison. His sergeant assignments included Patrol, SWAT, Vice Operations, and the Federal Human Trafficking Task Force.
Chris has earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice in 2002 from San Diego State
University and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from National University in 2004. He also attended the California POST Executive Development Program and is a graduate of class number 263 of the FBI National Academy in Quantico Virginia.
Chris is originally a Midwestern native having lived in Iowa and Illinois and is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. He is married to his wife of 31 years, Alicia, and has two adult sons. He currently resides in the south county.