Deputy Chief Jason Clawson, M.S.


Retired Deputy Chief, Pasadena

Jason is a veteran of the U.S. Navy and has 31 years of experience in municipal law enforcement operations, serving the citizens of Pasadena, California. Jason has worked in many ranks across various divisions to include Patrol Operations, a gang suppression team, Vice/Narcotics, S.W.A.T. and Detectives. Jason is an expert handling neighborhood quality of life issues by focusing on premise liability, prevention, intervention and enforcement methods. He led a Safe Streets Task Force while assigned as a Task Force Supervisor with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, focusing on the transnational gang problem stemming from Central America. He has coordinated jurisdictional Mutual Aid, Critical Incident Response Team operations, and focused on problem locations through Community Policing efforts in high crime zones.

Jason has served as the Press Information Officer where he directed and coordinated the activities within the Office of the Police Chief; audits and inspections; and the on-going review of policy and procedures. He served as the Project Director of a $2.5 million dollar grant from the Bureau of State and Community Corrections focusing on reintegration efforts of previously incarcerated community members. Jason has participated in the development of goals, objectives, and key performance indicators for assigned divisional functions as well developing and administering divisional budgets, to include developing a Homeless Initiative to combat Mental Health and Homelessness. For the last 8 months of 2022, Jason served as the Interim Police Chief for the City of Pasadena where he drafted and presented the department’s $97,000,000 budget, conducted Administrative Reviews, worked out salary resolutions, oversaw the implementation of a new Computer Aided Dispatch / Records Management System, and navigated the installment of a police oversight commission and independent police auditor, until his retirement from service in January 2023.

Jason received his Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Union Institute & University in Los Angeles, California. He was also the recipient of the Police Chief’s Special Award for Excellence in 2006, the Freemason’s United States Constitutional Observance Award in 2010, and was the Pasadena Police Foundation’s Officer of the year in 2021. He is a lifetime member of the California Narcotic Officer’s Association and sits on the executive board of the Flintridge Center’s Vision 20/20 Advisory Council.