Chief Craig Junginger, B.S., M.P.A.

Senior Associate 

Chief of Police (retired), Gresham, Oregon

Chief Junginger has 40 years’ experience as a law enforcement professional. In his last position before retirement, he served as the Chief of the Gresham, Oregon, Police Department for 8 years. Gresham is a community of 120,000 population just to the east of the City of Portland, Oregon. He lead a department of 140 sworn personnel, 30 civilian personnel with a budget of $33 million.

Since retirement in 2016, Junginger has remained active in law enforcement by doing three interim police chief positions, as well as operating his own business conducting administrative personnel investigations for cities, counties, universities, and assorted municipal district entities. He is also currently on staff at Golden West Community College and instructs in their criminal justice program and police academy.

Chief Junginger began his career at the Bell-Cudahy Police department in 1979.  He worked as a K-9 Officer, Detective and Patrol Officer. In 1985 he transferred to the Huntington Beach Police Department where he remained until his retirement in November 2008.  While at Huntington Beach, he was a Patrol Officer, Beach Detail Officer, Field Training Officer, SWAT Officer, Traffic Motor Officers, Community Policing Officer and Narcotics Detective. In 1999 he promoted to Sergeant where he worked Patrol, Downtown Foot Beat, Support Services, Vice and Intelligence and Internal Affairs.  He promoted to Lieutenant in 2003 and worked as the Community Policing Commander responsible for all major event planning, Watch Commander and as the Chief’s Executive Officer. In 2007 he promoted to the rank of Captain and was assigned to Administrative Operations consisting of Communications, Budget, Personnel, and Property and Evidence.

He holds a Master’s Degree from California State University, Long Beach, a Bachelor’s Degree from University of La Verne and an Associate’s Degree from Rio Hondo Community College. 

He attended the FBI National Academy Class 224 in Quantico Virginia, California Post Command College, West Point Leadership Program, POST Executive Development Program and the POST Supervisory Leadership Institute.  While in Command College he was published for his article “How will we train police recruits of the millennial generation in the year 2012.” 

He was awarded the Medal of Valor in 1989 for his encounter with an armed bank robber while at HBPD, and the Distinguished Service Medal upon retirement from Gresham PD.