Chief Michael Ishii was unanimously appointed as Hawthorne’s new Police Chief at the January 22, 2019 city council meeting. Chief Ishii’s permanent appointment comes after serving 3 months as Interim Chief. He succeeds Chief Robert Fager who served as the Police Chief from 2010 to 2018.
With a complement of over 160 employees, Chief Ishii oversees a department that prides itself on implementing innovative ways of providing public safety services while continuing to evolve and meet the challenges of present-day law enforcement.
Chief Ishii has been with the Hawthorne Police Department since 1990, first as a Reserve Officer and as a full-time officer in 1992. His experience encompasses an array of assignments including Motor Officer, Field Training Officer, Internal Affairs Sergeant, Public Information Officer, Patrol Bureau Watch Commander, and Detective Bureau Commander. He was promoted to Captain in 2010 and has overseen both the Administration and Operations Divisions along with the City’s Information Technology Services Bureau.
During his assignment as the Administrative and Operations Captain, Chief Ishii helped transform the department into a community policing driven culture. He led teams that implemented nationally recognized social media programs,
innovative community policing programs, and created the Safe Parks Initiative where security cameras and free WiFi were installed in the major parks in Hawthorne.
Chief Ishii holds a MS Degree from California State University Dominguez Hills in Negotiations/Conflict Management
and a BA from California State University Long Beach in Communication Studies – Interpersonal and Organizational
Chief Ishii was born in Japan and grew up on a US military base near Tokyo. He is fluent in Japanese.
He is a member of the Los Angeles County Police Chief’s Association [LACPCA], and holds membership within the International (IACP), California (CPCA) Police Chief’s Association, and the National Association of Asian American Law Enforcement Commanders (NAAALEC).