Police Administration

The Behind-the-Scenes Backbone

The Administration Division serves as the leadership and administrative backbone for the Department, responsible for strategic decisions, personnel management, wellness programs, risk management, grants, budget, staff meetings, and other functions. This Division consists of the Chief of Police, the Deputy Chief, an Administrative Assistant, 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.

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Police Chief Ken Savano

Police Chief Ken Savano

Police Chief Savano began his career with the Petaluma Police Department on August 15, 1994. His first assignment (foot and bicycle patrol downtown) was followed by two-plus decades serving in nearly every aspect of the Department. During this time, he created several acclaimed programs and received numerous commendations. His achievements and leadership earned him the position as Chief of Police in 2017. See bio.

Deputy Police Chief Tara Salizzoni

Deputy Police Chief Tara Salizzoni

Deputy Police Chief Tara Salizzoni is a 25 year law enforcement veteran. She joined the Petaluma Police Department in 1996 and has served in a variety of assignments, including Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer, and Detective.  She is a graduate of the University of San Francisco and has Advanced, Supervisory, and Management certificates from POST. She was named Deputy Police Chief in 2017. See full bio.

Transparency Portal

Transparency is about being open with community members about our policies, practices, and the data we collect. This provides a foundation for trust between the Police Department and the community. Learn about the types of police-related information available to the public and how to access it.


We publish certain Police Department policies because the law requires it or because it is a matter of concern to the community. The policies we share related to automated license plate readers, body cameras, and other police activities. At the heart of every policy is a concern for public and officer safety.

Lt Tim Lyons

Lieutenant Tim Lyons

Lieutenant Tim Lyons began his career at the Petaluma Police Department in 1990.  He has held a number of specialized assignments including SWAT, Bicycle Patrol, and Field Training Officer. Lieutenant Lyons graduated from California State University, Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science Degree. Lieutenant Lyons is also an Adjunct Faculty member at Santa Rosa Junior College teaching Crimes in Progress and Response to High Risk Incidents for the past 15 years.

Lt Ed Crosby

Lieutenant Ed Crosby

Lieutenant Ed Crosby began his career in February 1994 with the Los Angeles County Metro Transit Police Department after graduating from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Regional Training Center In December 1993.Lieutenant Crosby is a graduate of California State San Bernardino with a BA degree in Business Administration. In September 1995, he joined the Petaluma Police Department and has served in a variety of assignments including as a Patrol Officer, Detective, Field Training Officer, and Peer Counselor.

Lt Biran Miller

Lieutenant Brian Miller

Lieutenant Brian Miller began his career in 2005 and has served as Patrol Officer, Gang Enforcement Officer, Field Training Officer, Crisis Negotiator, Detective, and is bilingual in Spanish.  Lieutenant Miller is a graduate of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor’s degree in History and a Minor in International Relations. Lieutenant Miller is currently working towards his Master’s degree in Homeland Security and Counter-Terrorism Studies.

Lt Ron Klein

Lieutenant Ron Klein

Lieutenant Klein joined the Department in May of 2001 and has served in variety of assignments including Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer, Motor Officer, Dual Purpose Motorcycle Officer and Crisis Negotiator. Lieutenant Klein has a BA degree in Criminal Justice from California Coast University and possesses Advanced and Supervisory certificates from POST.

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