Menlo Park Police Chief Bryan Roberts leaving after 23 months

Roberts taking job in Draper City, Utah

Describing it as "an agonizing decision," Menlo Park Police Chief Bryan Roberts said he's taken a new job in Draper City, Utah. He starts Aug. 6.

Hired a scant 23 months ago by Menlo Park, Roberts started here in September 2010, confronting the San Bruno pipeline explosion his first week on the job. He was chosen from a pool of more than 30 candidates nationwide and started with a salary of $179,500.

Although Draper City, with a population of about 42,000, is larger than Menlo Park, the new job comes with a lower salary -- Draper City will pay the chief $105,019 a year, according to the contract. Benefits include a cellphone and police vehicle that can be used for personal reasons as well as a matching 401K plan, and the city will cover payments into its retirement program. Sixteen weeks' severance will be paid if his contract is terminated without cause.

Roberts had previously served for four years as second-in-command of the Citrus Heights police department in Sacramento County.

According to a press release from the city on July 5, he "implemented numerous organizational changes that reduced annual expenditures by over $700,000" by combining positions, changing shift schedules, and starting a community service officers program to respond to lower priority calls. He also led the department's social media initiative, the statement said.

"Bryan did great work for both the Department and the community and he will be greatly missed," said City Manager Alex McIntyre in the release. He said the city will conduct another nationwide search to hire a new chief.

The city's finance director, Carol Augustine, said the recruitment process cost Menlo Park $18,518 in 2010. The budget for the next talent search has not yet been established.

Roberts said that he has family in the Salt Lake Valley area who urged him to accept the Utah position. He was not immediately available for comment.


Posted by Anon, a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Jul 5, 2012 at 3:11 pm

Commander Lacey Burt for Chief!!!!!!

Posted by community member, a resident of Menlo Park
on Jul 6, 2012 at 10:29 am

I wish Chief Roberts well and thank him for his service.

I whole heartedly agree with the previous post: Commander Burt for CHIEF!!!

Stop passing over amazing leaders with long term, demonstrated commitment to Menlo Park for the top posts.

Posted by by stander, a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 6, 2012 at 11:03 am

At $179,500 a year, he probably couldn't afford to live in Menlo Park!

Posted by Peter Carpenter, a resident of Atherton
on Jul 6, 2012 at 11:09 am

Peter Carpenter is a registered user.

At $179k his individual income is much greater than Menlo Park's median household income in 2009 of $109k.

Posted by Peter Carpenter, a resident of Atherton
on Jul 6, 2012 at 11:11 am

Peter Carpenter is a registered user.

It is time for MP to outsource its police services.This will substantially reduce the total cost, remove any future unfunded pension liability and, increase leadership stability. With the much large force the Sheriff's department can more easily promote leaders from within ensuring community knowledge and avoiding relocation costs.

Agencies which have their own Police Department:

As of the census of 2000, there were
7,194 people
4.9 square miles (12.8 kmē)
Police budget $4.9 M
$681 per capita

Redwood City
As of the census[1] of 2008, there were
75,508 people
34.6 sq miles
Police budget $31.7 M
$419 per capita

Palo Alto
As of the census of 2000, there were 58,598
23.7 sq miles
Police budget $29M
$494 per capita

Foster City
As of the census of 2000, there are 28,803
The city has a total area of 19.9 square
miles (51.6 kmē), of which 3.8 square miles
(9.7 kmē) is land and 16.2 square miles
(41.9 kmē) is water.
Police budget $9.6 M
$333 per capita

As of the census of 2000, there were 28,158
The city has a total area of 15.6 kmē (6.0 miē).
11.2 kmē (4.3 miē) of it is land and 4.4 kmē
(1.7 miē) of it (28.19%) is water.
Police budget $9.5M
$337 per capita

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were
10,825 people
The town has a total area of 6.2 square miles
(16.1 kmē), all of it land.
Police budget $8M
$739 per capita

Los Altos
The population was 27,693 according to the
2000 census.
6.3 square miles (16.4 kmē).
Police dept budget $13.46 M
$485 per capita

Menlo Park
As of the census of 2000, there were 30,785
17.4 square miles (45 km2), of which
10.1 square miles (26 km2) is land
and 7.3 square miles (19 km2) is water. Police services budget $14.69 M
$477.148 per capita

East Palo Alto
As of the census of 2009, there were 35,791 people,
2.6 square miles (6.7 kmē), of which 2.5 square miles (6.6 kmē) are land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 kmē) of it (0.78%) are water.
Police budget $10,262,651
$287 per capita

Agencies which contract out their police services:

The population was 30,318 at the 2007 census.
The city has a total area of 21.1 square miles
(31.4 kmē)
Police costs via County Sheriff $4.34 M
$143 per capita

11.8 square miles (30.5 kmē)
As of the census of 2000, there were
5,352 people
Police services via County Sheriff $1.3 M
$242 per capita
new contract 2012/13
The Woodside Town Council approved a budget that included ■ Sheriff's contract: A council majority approved a three-year $1.45 million law enforcement contract with the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office. Unlike the annual jumps of 10 percent in previous contracts, this one rises by 4 percent for the first year and 3 percent after that.
The population of Woodside is 5287 as of the 2010 census or a cost of $274 per capita.

Portola Valley
The population was 4,462 at the 2000 census
9.2 square miles (23.7 kmē)
Police services via Sheriff $498,601
$111 per capita

San Carlos
The population was 27.238 in 2008
5.93 square miles
Police services via proposed Sheriff's contract
$6.8 M
$248.62 per capita

Posted by linda, a resident of Menlo Park
on Jul 6, 2012 at 11:16 am

Yes, appoint Lacey Burt as Chief

Posted by Anon, a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Jul 6, 2012 at 12:44 pm

Lacey! Lacey! Lacey!

Posted by Peter Carpenter, a resident of Atherton
on Jul 6, 2012 at 12:59 pm

Peter Carpenter is a registered user.

The change over costs would be quites small. San Carlos went through the process last year:

Millbrae Patch -

"Before contracting out services, San Carlos employed 32 sworn officers, and the city spent about $8.9 million per year on its police department. After outsourcing, there are now 19 sworn officers, and its annual costs are about $2 million less.

The Sheriff's Office hired all San Carlos police department employees – many of them work in the county jail now. Nine original officers remain patrolling San Carlos.

Although there are fewer officers in San Carlos, the level of service has remained about the same, according to a Sept. 12 City of San Carlos study.

Rothaus said it is because the city does not need to hire extra cops to cover shifts for those sick or on-leave.

The average emergency response time has not changed, and Part 1 crimes, such as rapes, murders, aggravated assault and robbery, have decreased slightly.

The San Carlos Police Department had a better property crime solving rate, while the Sheriff's Office is more effective with violent crimes, according to the study.

Felony arrests increased about 35 percent since the transition, in part due to more regular checks of probationers and parolees conducted by the Sheriff's Office, Rothaus said.

San Carlos conducted two surveys measuring resident's satisfaction with the Sheriff's Office. Out of the 102 surveys completed, citizens were 98 percent satisfied with services. "


The County already operates a county wide dispatch system that serves both the Sheriff and ALL of the fire agencies in the county including MPFPD (which started the county wide fire dispatch consolidation movement)so there would be zero cost of adding MP police.

However 'thin' the Sheriff's service may be in the unincorporated areas in the contract areas each contracting city gets to choose its own level of service - Woodside contracts for more officers and pays more, but still far less than Menlo Park. And the same officers are assigned to Woodside on a continuing basis.

Next argument against police outsourcing - other than fear of change?

Posted by Eileen Richardson, a resident of Southgate
on Jul 6, 2012 at 8:14 pm

Yes, Lacey! She'd be AMAZING, you are very lucky Menlo Park!

Posted by Oh My God, a resident of another community
on Jul 6, 2012 at 9:47 pm


Is Lacey Burt so desperate to be chief she has taken to the board to chant for herself. No one else would so it has to be her. As the Menlo Park officers what they think.

Lets be real here.

Posted by Voice of reason and truth, a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 7, 2012 at 11:10 am

BURT is RETIRING! Therefore, it would be inconcievable for Burt to post here promoting herself as the new chief.

Posted by Anon, a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Jul 7, 2012 at 2:58 pm

At "Oh my God" , don't be a hater. Commander Burt is very qualified to be the next Chief and has many supporters. I truly hope that she is not retiring.

Posted by Notsomuch, a resident of another community
on Jul 7, 2012 at 3:59 pm

Anon has clearly never worked with or for her. Ask around PAPD and MPPD...not hating...just saying. I wish MPPD the best in finding a new chief.

Posted by The Reality, a resident of another community
on Jul 7, 2012 at 8:45 pm

Numbers don't lie.

How many officers left PAPD to follow Burt to Menlo Park. Zero 00000000000000.

How many officers left Menlo Park when she arrived. Lots, too many to count.

If she is so fantastic, why don't you go work for her.

wow the ignorance on these boards.

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