Chief Cynthia Renaud (Ret.)


Cynthia Renaud was sworn in as the City of Folsom’s Police Chief on May 2, 2011.  In this role, she leads a full-service police department of 73 sworn officers and 27 professional staff, providing service to approximately 72,000 residents living in a 25 square mile city.  Along with patrol and investigative functions, the Folsom Police Department provides its own dispatch, records and front desk services, maintains a SWAT team, a motor unit, a mounted unit, K-9 officers, bicycle patrol, school resource officers and is supported by a robust volunteer program (CAPS-Citizens Assisting Public Safety).  The Folsom Police Department works diligently to secure its low crime rate while delivering excellent customer service.

Chief Renaud came to the Folsom Police Department after serving twenty years with the Long Beach Police Department.  Hired as an officer, she worked her way through the ranks and held various assignments, including work in both Patrol and Detectives.  Her supervisory positions included Internal Affairs, the Field Training Program, and Academy Director.  As a Commander, she led the Communications Division, the East Patrol Division and the Detective Division before assuming the Chief of Police position in Folsom.

Chief Renaud is a native of Long Beach.  She attended California State University, Long Beach, where she completed a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature in 1996 and a Master’s Degree in English Literature in 2000.  In 2010, she completed a second Master’s Degree in National Security Studies at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey.  Chief Renaud received the Outstanding Thesis Award for her thesis submissions in both graduate programs.  Chief Renaud is a graduate of the 214th Session of the FBI National Academy.  She writes professionally, and has had articles published in the Homeland Security Affairs Journal, the Journal of Leadership Studies, and Tactical Edge magazine as well as the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin.

Chief Renaud currently sits on the Executive Committee for the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the IACP Financial Review Committee and the Committee on Homeland Security.  In 2013, Chief Renaud was appointed by Attorney General Kamala Harris to the CLETS Advisory Committee.  On behalf of the California Police Chiefs Association (CPCA), Chief Renaud serves on the Executive Advisory Committee to the California Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) State Emergency Management System (SEMS) and their Cybersecurity Task Force.  In 2015, she was named California State Legislature “Woman of the Year,” Assembly District Six.