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


Chief of Police, Gresham, Oregon

Chief Junginger has 26 years’ experience as a law enforcement professional. He has served as the Chief of the Gresham, Oregon Police since December 2008, a community of 110,000 population just to the east of Portland.  He currently leads a department of 160 personnel both sworn and civilian with a budget of $29 million.

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.