John J. Feeney is the Chief of Police for the California State University, Chico Police Department and began his new journey on July 1, 2015. The California State University System is the largest public university system in the world, with 23 unique campuses throughout the state serving over 450,000 students. The Chico campus is the second oldest campus in the system and is home to over 17,000 students and 3000 faculty and staff. Chief Feeney credits his community policing experience and his extreme respect for building relationships in assisting him with making the transition from policing a major city to now serving a campus community.
Since his arrival at Chico State, Chief Feeney has led efforts to improve relationships, both on and off campus, among students, faculty, staff and campus neighbors. His Cookies with the Cops program allows Chief Feeney to not only introduce his campus community policing philosophy to students, faculty and staff, it also has allowed the campus community to personally meet many of the officers who work every day on behalf of their safety. Additionally, Chief Feeney’s sincere belief in community policing led him to develop the Police Student Advisory Board in the furtherance of keeping the lines of communication open between the students and members of the University Police Department.
Chief Feeney honorably served the many visitors and residents of the City and County of San Francisco for nearly 29 years as a proud member of the San Francisco Police Department. After graduating at the top of the 163rd SFPD Academy class, Chief Feeney served in many different roles throughout the SFPD during his career. He was promoted to the rank of captain in September of 2010 and retired on May 13, 2015 as the commanding officer of the Airport Bureau Traffic Division at the San Francisco International Airport, the largest division within the department.
In keeping with his personal and professional philosophy of continual improvement, Chief Feeney earned both a bachelor’s degree in Management and a master’s degree in Leadership, during his career, from Saint Mary’s College of California. He is a proud graduate of California’s Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) Command College Class 50 and was selected by his peers as class speaker. Chief Feeney is also a graduate of the Police Executive Research Forum’s (PERF) Senior Management Institute for Police, Session 55.
John and his wife Lynn, a retired 911 manager, have two adult children and were foster parents for over 5 years.