Deputy Chief Cheryl Moody has been with the Pasadena Police Department for 27 years. Prior to joining the department, she served in the United States Air Force for 4 years. Cheryl began her law enforcement career as a Police Officer in 1992 and has work several assignments beginning with Patrol. After only a few years working as a patrol officer, Cheryl was recruited to join the Department’s Neighborhood Crime Task Force where she actively enforced laws focused on gang activity and street level narcotics. Cheryl later became a Community Services Liaison Officer, assigned to the Lincoln Triangle and Villa Parke area. This was a newly formed position and she assisted with establishing the roles and responsibilities assigned to that position. With her extensive experience, Cheryl joined the Department’s Field Training Program to assist in the training and development of new officers. Cheryl found it extremely rewarding to have a hand in the initial training of several current and former employees.
As a Sergeant, Cheryl was assigned to the Special Enforcement Section (S.E.S.) in 2004, where she managed the Police Department’s Gang Unit and SWAT Team. Cheryl was the first female sergeant to successfully complete a certified Special Weapons and Tactics Team Training (SWAT School). In 2011, Cheryl was promoted and returned to command S.E.S. as well as the Department’s Hostage Negotiations Team.
Deputy Chief Moody joined the Police Department’s Command Staff in 2014 and was responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Field Operations Division, which encompasses the Patrol Section and Community Services Section. In February of 2020, Cheryl was appointed as the Department’s Deputy Chief, commanding the Department’s Administrative Services Section and Finance Section.
Cheryl graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a Bachelor’s Degree in Emergency Management and she obtained a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Woodbury University in Burbank.
She is a founding member of the San Gabriel Valley Chapter of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) and was elected President of Women Leaders in Law Enforcement of Los Angeles County in 2018.
Cheryl is a Pasadena resident and has two adult sons.