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Chief of Police

Robert M. Castro

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Chief Robert Castro began his law enforcement career as a Glendora Police Cadet in 1985.  In 1986, he was hired as a Glendora Police Officer and attended the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Police Academy Class 233.  Upon graduating from the police academy, he worked as a patrol officer and field training officer for four years.  Chief Castro was promoted to detective and assigned as the department’s narcotics investigator, working to reduce the methamphetamine drug abuse in the City of Glendora.  Chief Castro and his partner seized a record 50 methamphetamine labs in one year.  After working local narcotics, he was selected as the department’s representative to the Los Angeles Interagency Metropolitan Police Apprehension Crime Taskforce (LA IMPACT), and spent three years investigating large scale narcotics trafficking in Southern California.  Chief Castro was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 1995, serving as a patrol and detective Sergeant.  In 1999, Chief Castro was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant, and was assigned as the Support Services Division, where he managed the Investigations Division, Animal Control, Records Division, Police Cadets and facility and fleet management.  In 2004, Chief Castro was promoted to the rank of Captain, managing the daily operations and budget for the entire police department.

Chief Castro has focused the police department resources to address drug and alcohol abuse, homeless issues, traffic safety and technology advancement.  He believes all employees are an organization’s most important focus and encourages personal and professional development. 

Chief Castro was selected by his peers as the department Officer of the Year in 1991 and 2000.  He is the only employee to receive this award as both an officer and a Lieutenant.  Chief Castro implemented many new technologies within the police department.  He lectures on the topics of emerging law enforcement technology, regionalization of S.W.A.T. and the development of a continuous improvement police culture for the California Police Chiefs Association. Chief Castro completed a two year project to build an interoperability radio system for six San Gabriel Valley police departments using four million dollars in grant funds and in partnership with private businesses.  

Chief Castro is a graduate from Citrus Community College with an Associates of Science degree, graduated Cum Laude from Azusa Pacific University in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Business Management and earned a Master’s Degree in Business Management from APU in 2005.   He is also a graduate of the West Point Military Academy Law Enforcement Leadership Program, and a graduate from California POST Command College, where he authored a graduate thesis on the use of facial recognition technology by law enforcement.  

In January 2011, Chief Castro was promoted to Glendora Chief of Police.  On December 16, 2013, Chief Castro was sworn in as Glendale Chief of Police after a nationwide candidate search.

Chief Castro and his wife, Cynthia, have been married for 26 years and they have two teenage sons, Robbie and Nicholas.

rcastro@glendaleca.gov

 

Deputy Chief Carl Povilaitis

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Deputy Chief Carl Povilaitis was officially appointed to the position of Deputy Chief on September 5th, 2013. He began his career in law enforcement with the Glendale Police Department in 1991. Born and raised in California's Central Coast, he moved to Glendale when he became a police officer and has lived in the city since.

Deputy Chief Povilaitis obtained an Associate's Degree in Administration of Justice from Monterey Peninsula College, a Bachelor's of Science in Criminology with an emphasis in Law Enforcement from Fresno State, and a Master's Degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California. He is also a graduate of California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training Command College Class 45.

Deputy Chief Povilaitis began his career with Glendale in 1991 in the Field Services Division where he worked in Patrol. After three years he transferred to the Investigative Services Division and worked within the Criminal Investigation Bureau in Burglary, Auto Theft, and Arson. He then returned to FSD and worked in the COPPS Unit where he was promoted to Sergeant in 2001. In 2002, he transferred to the Support Services Division where he supervised the Glendale Police Department's Air Support Unit and was promoted to Lieutenant. In 2005, he returned to the Support Services Division as the Traffic Bureau Commander where he was responsible for traffic enforcement, parking enforcement, and major/special event planning for the City. In 2009, he assumed the duties as the Special Operations Division Commander to begin the process of developing and DNA lab and the Information Lead Enforcement and Accountability Data Project. He was promoted to Captain in 2010. He has since served as the Division Commander of Field Services and most recently Support Services.

Deputy Chief Povilaitis is a member of the Kiwanis club and served as a Commissioner representing the City of Glendale on the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority from 1999-2009. He has also been an adjunct faculty member at the Glendale Community College and served on non-profit organization boards within the community related to mental health and character and ethics.

cpovilaitis@glendaleca.gov

 

 Captain Mike Rock

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Captain Rock has served the Police force since 1981 and has worked the following assignments: Patrol, Field Training Officer, Burglary Detective, Burglary Sergeant, Narcotic Sergeant, Watch Commander, Special Services Bureau Commander, Youth Services Bureau Commander, Professional Standards Bureau Commander, Administrative Services Division Captain, Patrol Captain, Detective Captain and Support Services Captain.

Mike has an Associate's Degree in Political Science from Orange County Community College in Middletown New York, a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Political Science from Fordham University in the Bronx, New York City, and a Masters Degree in Management from Redlands University. Mike has also graduated from the Delinquency Control Institute at the University of Southern California, the Command College Executive Leadership Program, and the FBI National Academy at Quantico Virginia.

mrock@glendaleca.gov

 

Captain Stewart Brackin

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Captain Stewart Brackin was born in Pasadena, California, and raised in Glendale. He attended Balboa Elementary School, Toll Middle School and graduated from Hoover High School.  He continued his education at Pepperdine University where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Communication and Business Management.

During his last year in college, Captain Brackin served as an intern at President Reagan’s office in Century City.

In 1992, Captain Brackin joined the Glendale Police Department and later graduated from the Rio Hondo Police Academy, Class #113.  After graduation, he was assigned to Patrol.  In 1996 he was transferred to the Burglary-Auto Theft Detail and in 2001 was assigned to the Gang Detail.  During his assignment to the Gang Detail, Captain Brackin was recognized as an expert in Gang Apprehension and Prosecution and handled many high-profile and complex cases.  Captain Brackin helped bring our gang unit to be recognized as one of the best in Los Angeles County.  While assigned to Gangs, he was an active member of our SWAT team.

In 2006, Captain Brackin was promoted to the rank of Police Sergeant.  He was assigned to the Patrol Division and then later transferred to the Internal Affairs Division. Captain Brackin was responsible for handling highly sensitive internal investigations and was noted for being an outstanding, ethical, hard-working, and very dedicated investigator.  

During his career with the Glendale Police Department he has served in various capacities to include President of the Foothill Burglary Investigators Association, as well as the Chair for the Interagency Gang Task Force, Region 3. 

Promoting to Lieutenant in 2012, Captain Brackin served as the East Area Commander and then the Traffic Bureau Commander where he managed Motors, Parking and the Burbank/Glendale Joint Air Support Unit.

Captain Brackin considers it a great honor to be counted amongst those who have had the privilege to serve on the Glendale Police Department.

Captain Brackin is married to his wife of 20 years and is wholly devoted to his Christian faith, his family and his career. He and his wife reside locally with their three children.

sbrackin@glendaleca.gov

 

 Commander Theresa Goldman

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Theresa Goldman was appointed to her position of Commander on August 1st, 2013. Her law enforcement career began in 1981 with the Burbank Police Department, spending 16 years in the ranks of work trainee, police cadet and dispatch operator. In 1997, her career path took her to the Beverly Hills Police Department, where she served 15 years in the capacities of 9-1-1 Communications Manager, Assistant Division Commander and ultimately as Administrative Services Division Commander of the Personnel and Training, Records, Jail, Dispatch, Property and Evidence, Homeland Security and Special Projects Bureaus. She has extensive technology project management experience including closed circuit television, automated license plate recognition, radio infrastructure, and computer aided dispatch systems.

Commander Goldman joined the Glendale Police Department in 2012 as the Communications and Technology Administrator managing 9-1-1 dispatch services, and coordinating the department's technology initiatives. In 2013, she was promoted to the position of Administrative Services Division Commander with oversight of the Communications, Records, Jail, Budget and Property Bureaus, as well as fleet services functions. Commander Goldman also serves as the City of Glendale representative and Chairperson on the Interagency Communications Interoperability System (ICIS) Governance Board, which provides interoperable radio communications to member-agencies within the Los Angeles region.

Commander Goldman resides locally with her husband, Buddy, a Chief with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Together they have five children, Elizabeth a schoolteacher, Lee a Security Officer with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, Monica a college student, Kalani a homemaker with 6 children, and Brendan an Airman in the United States Air Force.

tgoldman@glendaleca.gov