Gary Peterson

Gary Peterson

Senior Consultant

Mr. Gary Peterson is a Senior Consultant with Ralph Andersen & Associates following a career of over 26 years in the public sector.  Prior to joining Ralph Andersen & Associates, Mr. Peterson served as the Chief of Police for a Bay Area city of 36,000 residents where he was known for his strong leadership and commitment to community engagement and collaboration. Under his leadership, the department implemented neighborhood policing and enjoyed a significant reduction in violent crime, while increasing citizen satisfaction.  He improved relationships with other city departments that allowed for a whole-city approach to solving crime and addressing community issues.

Mr. Peterson holds a Juris Doctor from John F. Kennedy University, School of Law in Orinda, California. He also earned a Master’s degree from California State University, Sacramento and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of California, Riverside. He has been on several regional and state boards. He is a graduate of both the FBI National Academy and the Senior Management Institute for Police in Boston, MA.