San Pablo appoints city’s first Asian-American police chief

San Pablo appoints Capt. Brian Bubar as next police chief
Photo courtesy of the San Pablo Police Department.

Capt. Brian Bubar, a 21-year veteran of the San Pablo Police Deparment, will become the city’s first Asian-American police chief since the city’s incorporation in 1948 when he starts in the new role on May 1.

In January, the city retained Roseville-based executive search firm Peckham and McKenney to conduct the executive search for the next police chief. Bubar was selected from a field of 13 applicants to succeed former San Pablo police Chief Ron Raman, who retired in December. Bubar has been serving as interim chief.

Bubar was lauded for his “solid, operational reputation and extensive community knowledge and experience.”

“He is a dedicated law enforcement professional who understands the importance of community engagement practices, progressive law enforcement training, and the Department’s continued use of technology programs in substantially reducing violent crime in San Pablo,” said City Manager Matt Rodriguez. “He further understands the importance of law enforcement in connecting with our community to build trust, and to make it more safer, and prosperous for the future.”

Capt. Bubar has been moving up the leadership ranks since 2016, including several police command positions. In August 2021, he earned a Master’s Degree in Law Enforcement and Public Safety Leadership from the University of San Diego. In 2018, he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from California Coast University. He is also a 2021 graduate of the California Commission of Peace Officers’ Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) Command College Program. 

Capt. Bubar’s starting annual base salary as San Pablo police chief will be $268,488. He is married, has three children, and is a current resident of Fairfield.