The Pasadena Police Department recently held a retirement reception for Chief Al Espinoza.
Espinoza was born in Chicago, Illinois, and moved to Pasadena, Texas when he was twelve years old. He is a 1976 graduate of Deer Park High School. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Business Management from the University of Houston-Downtown. He is also a graduate of the 191st National FBI Academy and the Texas FBINAA Leadership Command College.
Espinoza began his career with our department on October 15, 1979, working as a patrolman, until November 1983, when he promoted to the rank of Sergeant. During that time he was assigned to the Detectives Division, Patrol, and Internal Affairs until he was promoted to Lieutenant in 1996. As a Lieutenant, he worked as the commander over several patrol shifts, Recruiting & Training, Community Services, Criminal Investigations, and Special Investigations. Then, on July 1, 2017, Mayor Jeff Wagner appointed him as Chief of Police for the Pasadena Police Department.
We want to take this opportunity to express our gratitude for his 39 years of dedicated service to our community and department.
Congratulations, Chief Al Espinoza, on your much-deserved retirement and we wish you the best as you begin the next chapter in your life.