Tina M. Nieto (831) 272-4270

Sept. 2017 – Current Chief of Police – City of Marina

Under administrative direction, plans, organizes, coordinates, and implements departmental policies, procedures, goals and objectives for the city’s comprehensive police services and law enforcement program, including patrol, traffic enforcement, investigation, animal control and administrative support services; provides professional assistance to city management staff in areas of expertise and coordinates assigned activities with other City departments and outside agencies; fosters cooperative working relationships with community groups and other agencies on police matters; provides highly responsible and complex administrative support to the City Manager; and performs related work as assigned.

Dec. 2021-Present  Gov. Appointment - Commissioner, Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST)

Established by the Legislature in 1959, POST sets minimum selection and training standards for more than 600 California law enforcement agencies.

In the coming months, the commission will work on implementing Senate Bill 2, meant to increase accountability in law enforcement by creating a system to report, investigate, revoke or suspend certification a law enforcement officer's certification and disqualify them from serving as a peace officer in the event that an officer engages in serious misconduct. 

Sept. 2018 – Present Monterey County Community Restorative Justice Commissioner

Appointed by the County Board of Supervisors the Commission oversees community education on restorative justice issues and reviews and evaluates restorative justice needs, services, facilities and special concerns. In addition, the Commission oversees the partnership between probation, law enforcement, the judiciary, and the Community Justice Commission on the Central Coast, the community based non-profit corporation established to implement restorative justice in Monterey County.

The Commission makes recommendations to the Probation Department and Law Enforcement, the District Attorney’s Office, the Public Defender’s Office, and the Coordinated Trial Courts for the successful implementation of restorative justice principles.

Sept. 2018 – Present Monterey County Emergency Medical Care Committee

The Emergency Medical Care Committee is appointed by the Board of Supervisors to advise the Board and the EMS Director on EMS issues, and to ensure all EMS constituents will be actively engaged in decisions regarding the use of County EMS funds and the development of County EMS policies.

April 2015 – March 2019 Orange County Waste Commissioner

The Waste Management Commission is an 18-member advisory body to the Orange County Board of Supervisors. The purpose of the Waste Management Commission is to advise the Orange County Board of Supervisors on matters relating to municipal solid waste and hazardous waste management, operation and maintenance of the County's landfills, and other facilities related to the County's solid waste disposal system.

Feb. 2015- Aug. 2017 Commanding Officer West Los Angeles Area, Los Angeles Police Department

Commanding Officer of West Los Area Area overseeing sworn personnel protecting and serving over 250k residents of the communities of Bel Air, Benedict Canyon, Beverly Crest, Beverly Glen, Beverlywood, Brentwood, Century City, Cheviot Hills, Crestview, Glen Ridge, Pacific Palisades, Rancho Park, Roscomare Valley, Rustic Canyon, San Vincente, Sawtelle, West Los Angeles and Westwood.

The Commanding Officer is responsible for the following duties: inspecting and overseeing the functions of the all functions of the policing in their area of the city to ensure compliance with the Department policies, procedures, regulations and standards; supervising the administrative and support functions of non-sworn personnel; inspecting personnel, facilities, and tactics for safety and/or training needs; maintaining liaison with numerous municipal, government, civic organizations, and community members to establish and maintain rapport to facilitate Department’s functions and to promote neighborhood safety and community policing programs.

In addition, performs administrative duties such as reviewing correspondence, managing large budgets and requests; interviewing and hiring sworn and civilian personnel for their commands; acting as a Chief’s Duty Officer (off-hours) for the entire City of LA; teaching classes at the Police Academy.

June 2010 – Feb. 2015 Commanding Officer Olympic Area, Los Angeles Police Department

Commanding Officer of Olympic Area serving over 190,000 residents of the communities of Koreatown, Wilshire Center, Pico-Union and Windsor Square.

2009- May 2010 Commanding Officer Newton Area, Los Angeles Police Department

Commanding Officer of Newton Patrol Operations serving the communities of Square.Fashion District, Pueblo Del Rio, South Park-Entertainment

2000-2010 Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Consultant & Consultant Trainer

POST Consultant for The Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute (SBSLI) is a program designed to stimulate personal growth, leadership, and ethical decision-making in California law enforcement front-line supervisors. Designed and implemented in 1988 through the efforts of California law enforcement professionals and top educators and trainers, the SBSLI is an intense program based on experiential learning techniques. Students are challenged to learn new ways to resolve issues through group and individual work. 

April 2008 – 2009 Commanding Officer Hollenbeck Area, Los Angeles Police Department

Commanding Officer of Hollenbeck Patrol Operations with a population of roughly 200,000 people and is 15.2 square miles in size, serving the communities of Boyle Heights, Lincoln Heights, El Sereno, Montecito Heights, Hermon, Rose Hills and Monterey Hills.

June 1989 – April 2008 Los Angeles Police Officer I, II, & III, Sergeant I & II, Lieutenant I & II

Held various law enforcement positions in uniformed, investigative, and administrative assignments. A majority of this time was spent in a supervisory capacity overseeing uniformed, investigative, and administrative civilian and sworn personnel.

June 1988 – June 2002 United States Army Reserve (USAR) Commissioned Officer – 2nd Lieutenant to Captain

Commissioned as an Ordnance Munitions Officer, held various positions in the USAR to include commanding an Ordnance Squad, member of a Nuclear Weapons Logistics Element, Company Commander of a Port Security Company (1 of 3 in the entire Army), and Assistant to the Provost Marshall of several of the Western states. I was awarded an Honorable Discharge.


2017- University of Southern California,  Executive Leadership Program

Public safety in the 21st century requires a holistic approach and public trust. The distinctive approach of the USC Price ELP curriculum works to strengthen senior leaders cross-functional skills through immersion in key issues and best practices.

2010- Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP) Police Executive Research Forum

SMIP is a program of the Police Executive Research Forum that provides senior police executives taught by Harvard professors with intensive training in the latest management concepts and practices used in business and government. It also features discussions of the most challenging issues facing law enforcement executives today.

2004-2008  University of La Verne, Masters of Science Leadership and Management

The graduate-level program provides students with the experience to apply theory to real-world applications, and graduates leave with both the ability to apply organizational leadership theory and the problem-solving skills needed to manage an organization. 
LaVerne Grad Gets Historic LAPD Promotion 

2006-2012 Cypress College, Cypress, CA.

Course study in Philosophy/Religion/Photography.

1989-Los Angeles Police Academy Basic POST Certification

Graduated #1 in Academics

1984-1989 California State University, Fullerton - B.S., Criminal Justice

Awarded the Daughter of the American Revolution Medal for cadets for general military excellence and scholastic excellence.

1984–1989 Mount San Antonio College, Walnut, CA - A.A., Administration of Justice

Student Government Member & Graduated Summa Cum Laude.

Significant Awards & Honors

March 2017 - Excellence in Leadership Award, Los Angeles Police Department

The Excellence in Leadership Award is given to Commanding Officers that commands excel beyond that of their peers in crime reduction, community policing and innovative programs/strategies.

Dec. 2016 - Pacific Palisades Homeless Outreach Taskforce Community Award

Awarded for the innovative strategies that public safety collaborated with the Taskforce to address the destructive consequences of homelessness in Pacific Palisades so that the community is protected, remains safe and our homeless people receive compassionate, effective services with access to permanent supportive housing.

Sept. 2014 - Member Seoul Club in Los Angeles, Mayor Park Won-Soon, Seoul, Korea

Awarded for her appreciation, interest in and affection for the city of Seoul as such appointed as a member of the Seoul Club in Los Angeles, to serve as a bridge between Seoul and Los Angeles and an adviser to the City of Seoul.

Oct. 2013-Lifetime Award of Achievement, Los Angeles Women Police Officers & Associates (LAWPOA)

Awarded to individuals for their continued support of LAWPOA's Mission of advancing the status of women in public safety and their demonstration of outstanding leadership skills in an executive position of responsibility.

Sept. 2013 -Certificates of Recognition,  City of Los Angeles, State of California Senate, & California State Assembly

Certificates of Recognition from the above entities for her work and contributions to the Oaxacan communities of the greater Los Angeles area.

September 2013- Friend of the Community Award Korean Community Lawyers Association

Awarded to an individual for overall lifetime achievement of building bridges and overall service to the Korean American Community

Aug. 2013 -  Capitana Mayor el Dia del Salvadoreno 2013, Unidad De Comunidades de El Salvador (UNICOMDES - USA)

An award given to an outstanding leader in the El Salvadorean community, a tradition that dates back 500 years. This is the highest award offered by Unicomdes to a distinguished citizen.

April 2013- Appreciation Award, David Cho Evangelistic Mission (DCEM), Korea

Awarded from the DCEM, the largest church (750,000 members) in the world for dedicated service and hard work in public safety, and protecting the Korean Community.

Dec. 2012- Certificate of Commendation, City of Los Angeles, CA.

Awarded a Certificate of Commendation from the City of Los Angeles in recognition of outstanding service to the community and for exemplary efforts as a member of the Los Angeles Police Department. The award is given for outstanding accomplishments in the police sciences profession, for servicing the civilian community with distinction and courtesy, and for embodying to the highest degree the motto for which the Department stands: "To Protect and to Serve."Signed by all city council members.

Nov. 2012- The Service Award 2012, Regional Organization of Oaxaca (ORO) & Unification of Disabled Latin Americans (UDLA)

Awarded to an individual for outstanding work of protecting the lives of "all" citizens of the City of Los Angeles and service to the community.

June 2009- Pride Heritage LGBT Achievement Award, City of Los Angeles, CA.

Awarded to people considered trailblazers for civil rights, justice, pride, and acceptance. Awardees are prominent civil rights activists, community organizers, and role models in and to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered communities.

May 2009 - Chief’s Leadership Award, National Latino Police Officer's Association

The NLPOA established the Leadership Award Recipient to recognize a Hispanic officer who has enhanced the Leadership of justice. The Award is determined on the basis of the individual's who has made significant contributions to the community and/or agency, innovative practices, exemplary and/or heroic actions, and/or leadership skills.

July 2008- Chairman's Community Leader Award, Latino Business Association

A premier Latino business-networking and recognition award to a Community Leader for outstanding leadership, devotion, and dedicated service to the people of the community. Awardees involve a “who’s-who” of the Latino entrepreneurial, corporate, and political worlds.

Professional Organizations

September 2017 - Present Monterey County Chief Law Enforcement Officers Association, President

An association of the organizational leaders of federal, state and local law enforcement organizations in Monterey County. Currently serving as the President of the Association after serving one-term as the Vice President.

March 2012 – Present  Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association (HAPCOA), Past President

HAPCOA established in 1973, is the oldest and largest association in the U.S. of Hispanic American command officers from law enforcement and criminal justice agencies at the municipal, county, state and federal levels. With members in hundreds of agencies across the United States and Puerto Rico HAPCOA is a national organization with a local presence.

Through HAPCOA, chiefs of police, sheriffs, and police superintendents from around the country are committed to meeting the challenges of selection, promotion and retention of Hispanic American men and women in professional law enforcement and the criminal justice system. HAPCOA also work diligently to address the concerns of their respective communities and improve community relations through the implementation of innovative, state-of-the art training and educational programs and advise on National Policing Policies.

September 2017 – Present California Police Chiefs Association (CPCA), Member

CPCA represents municipal police chiefs and their agencies in California. Association members provide public safety for more than 26 million Californians. Currently I serve on the Technology Committee.

April 2008 – Present The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Member

The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) is the world’s largest and most influential professional association for police leaders.

May 2011 – 2018  The Photographers Society of Southern California, Member

The Photographers Society of Southern California is a non-profit organization. Its goals are to promote the development of photography and to provide the public with voluntary services for the benefit of local communities.


Sept. 2017- Present Marina Rotary Club, Treasurer

Currently serving as the Treasurer for Marina Rotary. We are 1.2 million neighbors, friends, and community leaders who come together to create positive, lasting change in our communities and around the world. Rotarians are business and professional leaders who take an active role in their communities while greatly enriching their personal and professional lives. A Rotary club contains a diverse group of professional leaders from the community that the club serves.

Oct. 2017 - Present Marina Police Activities League

The Marina Police Activities League (PAL) strives to build the bridge between cops, kids and our community through educational, athletic, and leadership enrichment programs.

Present - Rotarian, Moose

March 2016 – September 2017, Westwood Village Rotary Club

Present - Women in Agriculture, Scholarship Committee

Present - Carmel Women's Club

Nov. 2010 – May 2015,  Ebell’s Women's Club

May 2010 – May 2014, Rossmoor Women’s Club


February 1991 - Basic California Commission of Peace Officers Standards & Training (POST) Certification

December 1992- Intermediate POST Certification

July 1995 - Advanced POST Certification

May 1997-Supervisory POST Certification

August 2005-Management POST Certification 

Sept. 2019- Executive POST Certification

2007-Certified Fraud Specialist (not current)

2006-Certified Fraud Examiner (not current)