Women’s Hall of Fame

Susan Manheimer

Susan Manheimer of Pacifica is San Mateo’s first female chief of police. Her trademark passion for creating a safer community is evidenced in an innovative approach to law enforcement that partners with community-based organizations, schools and local youth programs. Chief Manheimer began her career with the San Francisco Police Department, where her last assignment was as captain of the Tenderloin Task Force. Since joining the San Mateo force, Susan’s belief in collaboration has brought lasting results. She formed a neighborhood strengthening initiative that brought together residents, landlords, city and nonprofit agencies and police to find solutions to gang-related crime. Her leadership in creating the Tongan Interfaith Collaborative is a model of successful outreach that engaged the faith community, the Police Activities League (PAL) and three local police departments to reduce gang violence and promote positive youth activity. Chief Manheimer also devotes countless hours as a volunteer, including serving as president of San Mateo County’s Chief’s and Sheriff’s Association where she helps oversee the county’s gang task force. She sits on the State Attorney General’s Domestic Violence Commission, serves on the PAL Board, the nationally acclaimed Fight Crime, Invest in Kids Coalition and the Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center Board of Directors. Chief Manheimer is a unique law enforcement leader. Her passion, skill and courage make her a model for others in the pursuit of justice and a strong community.
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