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Joe Grebmeier Treasurer, 2010-2012 Chief of Police Greenfield Police Department Chair, Joe Grebmeier Treasurer, 2010-2012 Chief of Police Greenfield Police Department
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Joseph P. Grebmeier
Chief of Police, Greenfield Police Department Joseph Grebmeier attended San Jose State University in the mid 1980's where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Science. He later went on to complete a Master of Science degree in Management from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Prior to completing his Masters degree in 1995, Grebmeier attended the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Grebmeier began his career in law enforcement with Monterey County Sheriff's Department in 1977 as a Deputy Sheriff. In his first few years, he was assigned to the Patrol Division where he responded to calls for service, Fish & Game enforcement, and served as a training instructor for firearms, chemical agents, and defensive tactics. Climbing the ranks, Grebmeier was selected as Chief Deputy, Administrative Bureau, in 1997. While there, he directed six divisions, and managed and prepared a $38 million budget. Grebmeier was responsible for organizational research, strategic planning, personnel issue, training, fiscal management, inter/intra governmental relations, and community outreach, to name a few. Joseph has received numerous accreditations and recognitions, from FEMA - Professional Development Series, POST - Executive Development Course, Manager of the Year - California State Coroners' Association, and numerous Community Service Recognitions. Grebmeier is currently Chief of Police for Greenfield Police Department, Greenfield, California. Greenfield PD has seventeen sworn personnel, four civilian personnel, and has a $2.6 million budget. Joseph Grebmeier was appointed acting City Manager twice in 2007.
Greenfield's police chief Joe Grebmeier says he's an Anglo with a Mexican heart.
He once proclaimed that apartheid-like conditions were prevalent in the Salinas Valley and he would not tolerate them in Greenfield. Grebmeier, 56, who became chief in 2003, began to hold regular meetings to address Oaxacans' fear of police and teach them about U.S. law enforcement. Grebmeier focused on street lights and stop signs, urinating in public and keeping farm animals. Hundreds of indigenous migrants attended. When residents asked him why he didn't arrest the "illegals," Grebmeier countered that hounding immigrants was not his job. And for the most part, federal immigration agents rarely conducted large sweeps in communities like Greenfield, populated by large numbers of undocumented farmworkers. "These are hard-working, honest people who came here for the same reasons all immigrants came before them," Grebmeier said, "to make better lives for their families and their kids." Over time, the scope of the meetings expanded. Teachers encouraged indigenous parents to read to their kids and attend parent-teacher conferences, counselors spoke about alcohol abuse, and nurses discussed diabetes. Then there were other issues. In 2009, when a Triqui man was arrested in Greenfield after sending his 14-year-old daughter to marry a neighbor in exchange for beer, meat and cash, the news exploded into a national media sensation. Originally, the man faced charges of human trafficking and was accused of selling his daughter. But Grebmeier later concluded it was a case of arranged marriage and dowry exchange, which he used as a teaching moment. At the meetings, the chief explained that U.S. law prohibits such practices. The man was later deported. But some locals complained that Grebmeier sheltered Oaxacans from the law. Grebmeier said those figures included some Greenfield residents killed in other cities. In April, about 300 indigenous men, women and children jammed the Greenfield city council chamber in support of Grebmeier. Grebmeier told city leaders that he gave no special treatment to the migrants: "If they commit a crime, we arrest them." The increase in violent crime throughout the Salinas Valley, he said, was caused by gangs and their drug wars, not the influx of Oaxacan farmworkers. The homicide rate in nearby Salinas had doubled over the past few years and in 2009 stood over four times the national average. A gang member had even made an unsuccessful run for the Greenfield City Council. The indigenous migrants, Grebmeier said, were most often victims of crime, not criminals. "During troubled economic times," Grebmeier said, "it's not unusual to blame the newcomers."
His largest donor was retired Greenfield police chief Joseph Grebmeier, who gave $1,000.