On Wednesday, Antioch Police Chief Steve Ford announced he was retiring and his last day would be August 11, 2023.
In November, the City of Antioch announced that Dr. Steve Ford has been named its permanent Chief of Police. He was also on a 5-year contract.
Ford was introduced in April as the interim Antioch Police Chief after Captain Tony Morefield held the position after Chief Tammany Brooks retired in September of 2021.
According to the City Manager Report, Steven Ford was appointed to Police Chief effective October 23, 2022
Recent Separations at City of Antioch
In June, the assistant city attorney resigned and Antioch Mayor Lamar Thorpe stated the city had more than 80 vacancies.
- June 30, 2023: Antioch City Manager Cornelius Johnson Resigns
- June 23, 2023: Kwame Reed Named Acting Antioch City Manager
- June 14, 2023: Acting Antioch City Manager Puts in Notice
- Feb 17, 2023: Antioch Assistant City Manager Could Be Headed to Piedmont
Antioch Police Chief Biography
Dr. Steven A. Ford, Interim Chief of Police
Chief Steven A. Ford, Ed.D, M.S., B.S., who currently leads the Antioch Police Department, grew up in San Francisco’s Ingleside-Oceanview district. His law enforcement background spanned thirty-one plus years with the San Francisco Police Department and includes assignments in Operations, Investigations, Administration, Special Operations-Homeland Security, and Professional Standards-Strategic Management bureaus. Specific positions such as Internal Affairs, Professional Standards-Principled Policing, Administration, and serving as the Commanding Officer-Captain of a District Station resonate most.
In addition, Chief Ford serves as faculty at San Francisco City College and San Francisco State University where he instructs administration of justice courses and course work in the MPA program.
Chief Ford holds an Associate of Sciences Degree from San Francisco City College, a Bachelor of Science Degree from San Francisco State University, a Master of Science Degree from California State University-Long Beach, and Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership from Saint Mary’s College-California. Chief Ford has attended the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute, Robert Presley Institute of Criminal Investigations, California POST Command College, California Police Chiefs Executive Leadership Institute at Drucker-Claremont Graduate University, POST Executive Development, San Francisco Leadership-S.F. Chamber of Commerce, and San Francisco Police Department Leadership Development Institute.
Chief Ford is a highly accomplished, knowledgeable and hands-on law enforcement leader and academic administrator with extensive formal education, exceptional administrative/communication skills and extensive university administrative experience. Chief Ford seeks to contribute and utilize a multitude of skills and abilities in a leadership capacitywithin progressive and forward-thinking organizations.
Chief Ford considers his leadership and professional philosophy to be that of a contemporary leader who values the history of the profession, is focused on current challenges, and has a vision for the future of policing. Chief Ford is personable, approachable, nurturing, and responsive.
- April 7, 2023: Antioch City Council Seeks Power to Hire Fire Police Chief
- Aug 22: Mayor of Antioch Says They Will Appoint Permanent City Manager and Police Chief
- April 27: Dr. Steve Ford Introduced as New Interim Antioch Police Chief
- Feb 23: Antioch Names Former San Francisco Cop Interim Chief of Police