Prior to retiring in April 2020, Chief Guy Swanger took the helm of the Concord Police Department on January 3, 2011. He previously served more than 26 years with the San Diego Police Department, obtaining the rank of captain. His experience includes leading several investigative units involving more than 165 detectives and 25 civilian support staff. In addition, he was the commanding officer for the Mid-City Division, San Diego’s largest, and was Executive Director of the San Diego Family Justice Center under the Office of the Mayor.
Chief Swanger also co-authored the book Managing Innovation in Policing: The Untapped Potential of the Middle Manager, which has been used by universities and command colleges.
He currently serves as a board member for the National Council on Crime and Delinquency and is a member for the State of California AARP Livable Communities Committee, and he was Chair of the Contra Costa Chiefs of Police Association in 2017. He was also instrumental in helping bring a Central County Family Justice Center to Concord in order to assist family violence victims.
Chief Swanger holds a BA in history from the University of San Diego and an MPA from San Diego State University. He graduated from the FBI National Academy in 2008. He and his wife, Lora, live in Concord and have three adult children.