Story from Sheriff-Coroner,Riverside County, CA. Written 8/1/2017
Sheriff Stan Sniff promoted Lieutenant Lisa McConnell to the rank of Captain this afternoon, August 1, 2017, in Riverside. Captain McConnell will be assigned command of the Southwest Station, filling an existing vacancy created by the recent promotion of Chief Deputy Jeff Kubel this past month.
The Southwest Station provides police service to the unincorporated county communities of De Luz, French Valley, Murrieta Hot Springs, and Pechanga, and provides police services under contract to the city of Temecula, and Captain McConnell will serve as the Chief of Police for the city. Captain McConnell is a 26-year veteran of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.
Captain Lisa McConnell joined the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in September 1991. She attended the 119th Basic Peace Officer’s Academy. Captain McConnell began her Sheriff’s Department career assigned to the Robert Presley Detention Center (RPDC). She later worked patrol at the Lake Elsinore and Southwest Stations and at the Personnel Bureau as a Department Recruiter. She held collateral duties serving as an adjunct Public Information Officer (PIO) and a Crisis Negotiator.
In 2004, Captain McConnell was promoted to Sergeant and assigned to the Southwest Detention Center (SWDC). During her tenure as a Sergeant, she also worked at Perris Station and the Media Information Bureau (MIB) as the Department’s Public Information Officer (PIO).
Captain McConnell was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in December 2013 within Sheriff’s Administration. In 2014, she was transferred to the Southwest Station where she held field and administrative assignments.
Temecula Mayor Maryann Edwards stated, “Public Safety is Temecula’s highest priority, and the selection of our Police Chief is equally as important. I have known Lisa McConnell as a highly valued Lieutenant in our Police Department for many years and know she is fully capable and prepared to be Temecula’s next Police Chief. I am so proud that she will continue the exemplary law enforcement and public safety leadership legacies of her predecessors who have made Temecula one of the safest cities in the United States.”
Temecula City Manager Aaron Adams agreed, “Newly appointed Police Chief Lisa McConnell is highly qualified and, importantly, notably experienced in Temecula. Adams added, “Having worked several years under the direction of former Temecula Chief Kubel, Lisa understands the utmost importance we place on maintaining the highest level of public safety and customer service to Temecula citizens and businesses; and I welcome her to our Executive team.”
Captain McConnell holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree and a Master of Science Degree in Psychology. She is a graduate of the Supervisory Leadership Institute (SLI). She resides in the city of Murrieta.