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Chief of Police Kate Adams

Chief of Police Kate Adams Headshot

Chief of Police Kate Adams started her career with the Sacramento County Sheriff's Office in 1994 after graduating from Union Institute and University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. She has served in a variety of roles, including Deputy Sheriff, Detective, Sergeant, Lieutenant and Captain. She has held a variety of leadership positions, including Commander of the Sheriff’s Impact Division, Hi-Tech Crimes Bureau Commander, and Rancho Cordova Assistant Chief of Police. In April 2020, Chief Adams returned to Rancho Cordova and was appointed as Rancho Cordova Chief of Police and Commander of the Sheriff’s Office East Division.

Chief Adams has 19 years of teaching experience through her roles as Lead Instructor for the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Academy, Board Member and Law Enforcement Liaison for the Coalition of Law Enforcement and Retail Crime, and Adjunct Professor at William Jessup University. Continuing education is a priority for Adams who holds a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership, and is a graduate of the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute and the Los Angeles Police Department Leadership Program (formerly West Point).

In addition, Adams has a passion for mentoring youth. During her time as Assistant Chief of Police, she often participated in school and youth events to build relationships with local children. She currently enjoys volunteering as a head coach for her youngest daughter’s softball team, and previously served as a Board Member for the Sacramento Chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters to facilitate adding law enforcement mentors to its programs.

Contact the Chief of Police at chief@ranchocordovapd.com 

Assistant Chief of Police Chad Lewis

Chad Lewis HeadshotAssistant Chief of Police Chad Lewis started his career with the Sacramento County Sheriff's Office in November 1993. As a Deputy, Sergeant and Lieutenant, he has experience in many areas of the Sheriff's Department including corrections, patrol, Problem Oriented Policing, Air Operations as a Tactical Flight Officer, the Special Enforcement Detail (SED/SWAT) as an operator and sniper, the Communications Center, Team Leader for SED, the Office of the Sheriff as Assistant to the Chief of Field & Investigative Services, the Bureau Commander of Special Operations and the Sheriff's Tactical Commander. In July 2017, he was selected as RCPD's Assistant Chief of Police overseeing the Patrol Operations Bureau, Administration team and Youth Services Unit. The vast majority of his patrol experience during his formative years was in Rancho Cordova. A return to Rancho Cordova brings his law enforcement career full circle as he revisits the city and neighborhoods he patrolled and served as a young patrol officer. Assistant Chief Lewis earned an Associate of Science degree in Administration of Justice from Sierra College and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Sacramento State University. He has been awarded the Attorney General's Award of Valor, eight Major Incident Ribbons, and three Bronze Stars for bravery. Assistant Chief Lewis is ardently dedicated to law enforcement and serving the citizens of Rancho Cordova.