Chief Probation Officer Adolfo Gonzales
Adolfo Gonzales has spent a distinguished 38-year career in San Diego Law Enforcement. On March 4, 2016 he became the San Diego County Chief Probation Officer.
On March 22, 2013, Adolfo Gonzales was appointed as the Chief Investigator for the San Diego District Attorney’s Office. Chief Gonzales led the DA’s Bureau of Investigation, the law enforcement component of the District Attorney’s Office. The Bureau’s 120 District Attorney Investigators, 47 Public Assistance Fraud Investigators, 13 process servers, 11 paralegals, and nine technicians are assigned to eight divisions throughout the County of San Diego.
Chief Gonzales’s law enforcement 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. Adolfo advanced through the organization reaching the rank of investigative lieutenant in 1992.
In 1996, Adolfo was selected by the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) to serve as an FBI Executive Fellow, in Washington D.C. after a nation-wide research. Adolfo 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.
On July 27, 2004, Adolfo Gonzales became the Chief of Police for the City of National City. He oversaw 92 sworn officers, 34 professional staff, and 26 volunteers, with an operating budget of over $21 million dollars.
Adolfo has been recognized with many honors and awards over the years including “Excellence in Public Service” from the UCSD, “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; he speaks fluent Spanish.
Chief Gonzales earned his Doctorate degree in Leadership Science from the University of San Diego (USD) in 1996. In 1989, he earned his Master’s in Education from San Diego State University, and in 1986 Adolfo earned his B.A. from National University in Public Administration. Chief Gonzales is an adjunct faculty member of three local community colleges and Universities in San Diego.