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Deputy Chief Jessica Nowaski retiring

A trailblazer. A leader. A mentor, friend and our first female Deputy Police Chief.

These are just some of the words to describe Jessica Nowaski, who after more than 25 years with the Mountain View Police Department, is planning to retire at the end of December.

We couldn’t be more fortunate to know -- and have worked with -- such an incredible woman who was a driving force here at the PD.

During her career, Jessica worked a variety of positions to help keep our community safe, such as property crimes detective, child abuse/sexual assault detective, domestic violence detective, and crisis negotiator to name a few.

During her tenure, in addition to promoting through the ranks, Jessica also served as Commander for the Santa Clara County Regional Auto Theft Task Force prior to her promotion to Captain in 2014. During her role as Captain, Jessica served as the incident commander for SWAT and our Crisis Negotiation Team and she also served as a commissioner for the Santa Clara County Blue Ribbon Task Force for Intimate Partner Violence.

We were also fortunate enough to share Jessica’s talents, thoughtfulness and insight with the Women Leaders in Law Enforcement, a specialty division of the California Police Chiefs Association. For seven years, Jessica helped elevate the voices of women in the law enforcement profession by serving on the planning committees for the Women Leaders in Law Enforcement Symposium and presenting on a wide variety of topics including leadership, inclusion and coaching.

Jessica holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Sonoma State University and a Master of Arts degree in Leadership from St. Mary’s College of California. Her work has taken her across the country to help augment the profession, including presenting research findings at Columbia University in 2018 and in Ottowa, Canada in 2019.

We could go on trying to sum up Jessica’s impact on our department, on law enforcement, and on this community, but in truth, it’s indescribable. She has forever positively changed the people who work here at the Mountain View Police Department, and she has done even more for those who call Mountain View home.

It has been an honor and a privilege to serve with Jessica. She has been a beacon for so many, and we know we were lucky to have her help lead us here at MVPD.

Please join us in congratulating Deputy Police Chief Jessica Nowaski on her well-deserved retirement.