About the Inspector General

Kevin Gardner began his law enforcement career, in 1988, as a Police Officer For the City of Vacaville.  After serving the Vacaville community for seven years, Kevin moved on to become a Police Officer for the City of Sacramento. Over the next twenty-three years, Kevin worked numerous assignments while serving the Sacramento community, ultimately being promoted to the rank of Captain and acting-Deputy Chief.  In 2017, Kevin was appointed, Chief of the Division of Law Enforcement, California Department of Justice, by then-Attorney General, Xavier Becerra.  Kevin served the people of the State of California in that capacity for two years before retiring in May 2019.  In 2020, Kevin briefly served as the Interim Director of the Office of Public Safety of Accountability for the City of Sacramento. 

Kevin has bachelor's degree in Administration of Justice from Union Institute and University and a master's degree in Leadership from Saint Mary's College of California.  Additionally, Kevin has extensive law enforcement management training to include the FBI National Academy, P.O.S.T. Law Enforcement Command College, and Senior Management Institute for Police.