Michael Olivieri, Interim Chief of Police
Interim Police Chief Michael Olivieri started his law enforcement career with the Pomona Police Department in 1990. Prior to becoming a police officer, he was a Police Explorer with the Chino Police Department in 1984, and a Police Dispatcher at Ontario Police Department in 1986.
Interim Chief Olivieri is a graduate of Class 50 of the Rio Hondo Reserve Officer Academy, and Class 98 of the Rio Hondo Police Academy. He has an Associate’s Degree in Administration of Justice from Rio Hondo College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice Management from Union Institute & University. He holds Basic, Intermediate, Advanced, and Management POST certificates. In addition, he is a graduate of the 267th Session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA.
Interim Chief Olivieri has worked a variety of assignments to include: Patrol, Major Crimes Task Force, Traffic and SWAT. He has held supervisory and command positions in Patrol, SWAT, Traffic, Media Relations, Canine, Community Programs and Special Operations. Over his career, Interim Chief Olivieri has promoted through the ranks of Corporal, Sergeant, Lieutenant and Captain before attaining the position of Deputy Chief in 2014. As Interim Chief, Olivieri oversees the day-to-day operations in all aspects of the Department.
Richelle Baptista began her career with the City of Pomona in 1986 as a Public Service Technician for the Police Department. In 1997, Richelle promoted to the position of Code Compliance Inspector. In 2002, she accepted a position at City Hall as a Housing Inspector, and in 2004 became the City’s Family Self Sufficiency Coordinator. In 2007, Richelle was selected as Police Services Administrator, which is the Police Department’s first civilian division commander position. Richelle currently oversees the Records Bureau, Jail, Dispatch Center, Property & Evidence, Budget Management Unit, Communications System Support Unit, and Facility Maintenance. Richelle is a member of the Pomona Kiwanis.
Michael Ellis has been with the Pomona Police Department since 1998. Ellis worked at the Orange County Sheriff’s Department for one year prior to coming to Pomona. Ellis promoted to Corporal in 2003 and Sergeant in 2007. He achieved the rank of Lieutenant in 2010 and Captain in 2012. Ellis was instrumental in developing the Police Department’s Downtown PBID Unit, which services the downtown area of the city. He has also worked in the Police Department’s Patrol Division, K9 Unit, Youth Services Unit, Crime Prevention Unit and the School Resource Officer Program. He is a graduate of the Delinquency Control Institute at the University of Southern California and is currently working on completing his Bachelor’s Degree. Michael is also a member of the Pomona Optimist’s Club, which is a service organization dedicated to the city’s youth. Captain Ellis served as the division commander of the Investigative Services Division, and currently the Operations Division.
Hector Rodriguez began his career at the Pomona Police Department as an Explorer Scout and later was sworn-in as a Police Officer in 1990. He was promoted to the rank of Police Investigator in 1994, Sergeant in 2005, and Lieutenant in 2014. During his career, Rodriguez has worked a number of assignments including patrol, Major Crimes Task Force, Major narcotics Unit, Gang Unit, SWAT Team, and L.A. IMPACT. He supervised the SWAT Team, L.A. IMPACT, and the Detective Bureau. In 2016, he was promoted to the rank of Captain and is currently assigned as the Patrol and Operations Division Command.