Pat McKinley was Chief of the Fullerton Police Department from February 1993 to May 2009. Prior to Fullerton, he served 29 years with the Los Angeles Police Department.
Chief McKinley was born in South Dakota, and grew up in Minnesota, graduating from high school in Minneapolis. He then joined the Air Force and served four years. Discharged in 1964 in Los Angeles, Chief McKinley decided to follow in the law enforcement footsteps of his grandfather, a deputy sheriff in South Dakota, and joined the LAPD.
As a member of the LAPD, his assignments were varied, and included investigation, patrol, and serving as chief investigator for the department's Internal Affairs Division. He was also instrumental in the formation of LAPD's Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) squad, which was the first such squad in the nation.
Chief McKinley holds an associate of arts degree in police science from East Los Angeles College; a bachelor's degree in business management from Pepperdine University; and a master's in business administration from USC. In addition, he is a graduate of both the FBI National Academy and the U.S. Secret Service Dignitary Protection School.
Chief McKinley has also put in time on the other side of the professor's lectern by teaching police tactics and self-defense courses for both Fullerton and Rio Hondo colleges; counter-terrorism for the U.S. State Department; dignitary protection and SWAT tactics for USC; and warrant service for the DEA.
Chief McKinley has been honored with an "Award for Excellence in Community Service" by the Mojave Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution for his efforts to help teach women how to protect themselves from assailants.
Chief McKinley and his wife, Barbara Ann, live in Fullerton. He has two sons, Peter and Daniel. Active in the community, the Chief is a member of Fullerton Rotary - Main. A physical fitness buff, he is also an avid swimmer and runner, and frequently competes in the law enforcement athletic competitions.