City Manager Jim McCann names Lt. Jacqueline Graf-Reis Interim Police Chief

City Manager Jim McCann has named Lt. Jacqueline Graf-Reis Interim Police Chief, effective November 2, 2017, in light of current Police Chief Angel Bernal’s pending retirement.

On August 14, 2017, City of Mill Valley Police Chief Angel Bernal announced his plans to retire after 31 years of exemplary public service. Chief Bernal spent the past seven years as Police Chief and will retire on Thursday, November 2, 2017.

Lt. Jacqueline Graf-Reis has served the City of Mill Valley since 1999, steadily rising through the ranks, spending the past seven years as Lieutenant. She is a 23-year law enforcement veteran, having come to Mill Valley after serving with the Marin County Sheriff’s Department. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in administration of justice, graduating magna cum laude from California Coast University. Interim Chief Graf-Reis is a native of Marin, having been born in Larkspur and now resides in Sonoma County with her husband, retired Ross Police Chief James T. Reis. Graf-Reis said that she is excited to continue to serve the Mill Valley community in this capacity and “is looking forward to furthering the department’s collaboration with local schools, businesses, and organizations.”

Announcing the appointment, City Manager Jim McCann commended Ms. Graf-Reis for her proven leadership and collaborative approach. He said, “Jackie is a well-respected law enforcement professional – both by the community and colleagues – and I am confident in her ability to lead the department during this transition.”

Graf-Reis currently oversees the department’s administration, investigations, community outreach, and parking enforcement. As Interim Police Chief, she will continue in her current capacity while directing the oversight of traffic enforcement, crime abatement, and emergency preparedness. The City will begin a recruitment to appoint a permanent chief in the coming months.