Los Altos hires new police chief

Saskia Lagergren. Photo from Santa Clara Police website.

The city of Los Altos announced today it has hired a new police chief who is a native of Los Altos and came up through the ranks in the Santa Clara police department.

Lagergren most recently was Santa Clara’s captain of the Administrative Services and Investigations Divisions, where she oversaw 70 employees and managed a budget of $36 million.

“We are thrilled to welcome Chief Lagergren back to her hometown. Her exceptional leadership in public safety and proven ability to form genuine, long-standing relationships with the community make her an ideal fit,” said City Manager Gabriel Engeland. “Throughout the interview process, she demonstrated a clear and compelling vision for the Los Altos Police Department.”

Lagergren said in a statement issued by the city: “Having grown up in this community, I have a profound appreciation for its unique character and values. I am eager to collaborate with the City Council, city staff, and all members of the community to ensure Los Altos remains a safe place to live, work, visit, and play.”

Lagergren holds a master’s degree in business administration from Loyola Marymount University and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Furman University, where she played Division I softball. Additionally, she is an alumna of Saint Francis High School. She also graduated from the Executive Leadership Institute at Drucker School of Management at Claremont Graduate University and earned her Executive Leadership Certification from the California Police Chief’s Association.

Lagergren succeeds former Los Altos Police Chief Angela Averiett, who resigned in mid-April after serving over a year and a half with the City’s police department to assume the position of interim chief of police for the city of San Leandro.

In her new job, Lagergren will oversee 32 officers and 17 other employees. She starts Monday, June 3.

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