Deputy Police Chief
Lieutenant Tara Salizzoni, a 25-year law enforcement veteran, was appointed Petaluma Police Department’s Deputy Police Chief in 2017. In this position she oversees Petaluma Policing, Public Relations, Employee Wellness and Safety, Policy and Oversight, Professional Standards, Risk Management, and Budget/Grants. She also directly supervises four lieutenants and a management analyst. The Chief and Deputy Chief have authority over the Department’s three divisions: Patrol Services Division, Special Services Division, and Support Services Division.
Deputy Chief Salizzoni is the daughter of a Lake County Sheriff’s Officer Sergeant slain in the line of duty in 1981. She followed in her father’s footsteps in 1993 when she was sworn in as a police officer for Fortuna Police Department in Northern California.
In 1996, she joined the Petaluma Police Department and served in variety of assignments including Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer, and Detective. In January 2002, she was promoted to Police Sergeant where she demonstrated her leadership in Patrol and Investigations as the Detective Sergeant. In October 2014, she was promoted to Police Lieutenant overseeing Patrol Operations and District Policing.
She was appointed Deputy Chief in 2017.
Deputy Chief Salizzoni is a graduate of University of San Francisco with a BA degree in Public Administration, a graduate of California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Supervisory Leadership Institute, and possesses Advanced, Supervisory, and Management certificates from POST. Additionally, she is a member of the California Peace Officers Association, California Police Chiefs Association, and the International Police Chiefs Association.
Deputy Chief Salizzoni is also a graduate of Leadership Petaluma sponsored by the Petaluma Area Chamber of Commerce