Seaside Chief of Police

Chief Robert Jackson


Robert Jackson serves as the Chief of Police for the City of Seaside and is in his 32nd year in law enforcement.  Chief Jackson is married, with two sons. He and his wife are life-long residents of California and have recently moved to the Monterey Bay Area.

Raised in Ceres California, Chief Jackson graduated from Ceres High School in 1985. He began the pursuit of his law enforcement interests as a student aid with the Ceres Police Department and later became one of their first Police Explorers.  He attended Modesto Junior College where he received an Associate of Arts Degree in Administration of Justice before attending the Police Academy.  He was hired as a Deputy Sheriff Coroner with the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department in 1988.   

Chief Jackson’s 32-year law enforcement career has included appointments to a multitude of positions.  Chief Jackson spent nearly 20 years with the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department, as the Police Chief for the City of Waterford, City of Turlock which has culminated in his final assignment at the City of Seaside.

As well as his technical training in law enforcement, Chief Jackson joined the Seaside Police Department with a wide array of leadership and management experience. He has attained an Executive Management Certification through the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST).  He is one of only 1400 police officers in California to receive this certification since POST has been established over 60 years ago.  He also holds an Executive Certificate in Leadership from Cornell University.  Chief Jackson’s formal education includes a Bachelor of Science Degree in Occupational Studies and a Master of Science Degree in Emergency Resource Administration from California State University Long Beach.  Chief Jackson is also a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigations Law Enforcement Executive Development program.