Chief McGill has twenty-five years of experience serving in municipal California police departments. Chief McGill became Novato’s police chief on January 9, 2017. Before his appointment in Novato, Chief McGill served as Truckee, California’s police chief for 5 years. Additionally, he served the U.S. State Department as a U.S. Diplomat in Iraq for 22 months as a senior police advisor to the highest levels of Iraq and U.S. government officials.
Prior to his service with the U.S. government, Chief McGill served two years as the police chief for the City of Newman, California, with the remainder of his leadership experience coming from the Modesto, California Police Department. As a police officer, Chief McGill spent the majority of his career in the detective bureau as a crimes-against-persons detective, including being part of the Scott Peterson homicide investigative team. He was promoted through the ranks to ultimately serve as a Patrol Watch Commander, Critical Incident Team Commander, and Commander of a federal multi-jurisdictional major drug enforcement unit – Stanislaus Drug Enforcement Agency (SDEA).
Chief McGill has a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice Administration and a Master of Science degree in Emergency Services Administration from California State University, Long Beach. He has completed the International Association of Chiefs of Police course on Leadership in Police Organizations and holds California Peace Officer Standards and Training certificates, Basic through Executive. Chief McGill graduated from the 261st session of the FBI National Academy in the summer of 2015. He is a former member of the board of directors for the California Police Chiefs Association and an Executive Fellow with the national Police Foundation.