1995 Inductee - Edward Chavez

1995 Inductee - Edward Chavez

Law and Justice

Edward Chavez was born in Stockton in 1943 to Pilar and Santiago Chavez. Ed began his schooling at Jackson School in South Stockton, completed elementary school at St. Agnes School and graduated from St. Mary’s High School in 1961. In February of 1962, he enlisted in the United States Air Force and served for eight years in the Air Force. He was stationed in Texas, Vietnam, and Southern California.

After being discharged in 1970, he enrolled at Stockton College earning an AA degree. He later transferred to Sacramento State College and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice. He completed a year of graduate school and was hired as a police officer for the City of Stockton in 1973. During his law enforcement career, Ed has been assigned to work undercover narcotics, as a patrol officer, a training officer, as a homicide investigator, in personnel and training, and various management and administrative duties. He has served as an officer, sergeant, lieutenant, captain, deputy chief and, since February of 1993, as Chief of the Stockton Police Department.

Since being in the department, Ed has received a Masters of Science degree in Management from Cal Poly Pomona; additionally, he has completed the FBI National Academy, the Delinquency Control Institute, the Command College for Law Enforcement Managers, and the Chamber of Commerce Leadership Stockton Program.

During the past several years, Ed has had the opportunity to be associated with several community and professional organizations. Participation has included being a board member for the Council for the Spanish Speaking, Children’s Services, United Way of San Joaquin, and the Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the Stockton East Rotary, Hispanics for Political Action, Leadership Stockton Alumni Association, Mexican American Chamber of Commerce, California Peace Officers Association, and the Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association. After retiring from the police department, Ed ran and was elected Major for the City of Stockton.

Any possible successes in his career or involvement in the community have only been possible because of the support of his family. Ed grew up with three brothers, and a sister. He is proud of his son Eric, who lives in Texas, and his daughter Jill who lives in Stockton.