Our leadership team

Chief Greg Terry

Chief Greg Terry began his law enforcement career in his hometown of Lafayette, Louisiana. He was hired by the Lafayette Police Department in 1990 and worked a variety of assignments including Patrol, FTO, SWAT, and was a detective in the Robbery/Homicide unit when he was hired by the Bakersfield Police Department in 1997.

Chief Terry has worked in a variety of line-level and supervisory positions in the Bakersfield Police Department since that time, including Patrol, the Special Enforcement Unit, Investigations, Public Information Office, and Internal Affairs.

Acting Assistant Chief Mike Hale

Captain Mike Hale is currently serving as an interim Assistant Chief of Police where he manages the Training and Logistics Division, Support Services Division, and the Investigations Division. Assistant Chief Hale was born and raised in Bakersfield and is a 25 year veteran of the Bakersfield Police Department. He worked as a Bakersfield Police Reserve Officer for two years before beginning his full-time career, and he is also a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.

Acting Assistant Chief Brent Stratton

Captain Brent Stratton is currently serving as an interim Assistant Chief of Police where he manages the Field Services Division and Special Operations Division of the Bakersfield Police Department.

Assistant Chief Stratton has worked at the Bakersfield Police Department since 2004 and has worked as an Officer in Patrol, the Directed Policing Unit, the Special Enforcement Unit (Gang Unit), and as a Field Training Officer. 

Captain Clayton Madden

Clayton Madden was hired by the Bakersfield Police Department in 1997 and has worked a variety of assignments as an officer, including Patrol, FTO, Traffic, Canine handler, Special Enforcement Unit, and Narcotics.

In 2007, Clayton Madden was promoted to Detective and worked in a variety of details, including Burglary, Federal Gang Task Force, Major Narcotics, and Robbery Homicide. Later, in 2012, Clayton Madden was promoted to Sergeant and worked a variety of line-level supervisory positions, including Patrol and Financial Crimes, Burglary, and Robbery Homicide.

Captain Jason Matson

Jason Matson is Captain for the Bakersfield Police Department and manages the Support Services Division for the department. He has over 18 years of law enforcement experience that includes working as a patrol officer, K-9 handler, member of several federal task forces and the department’s Honor Guard. Captain Matson graduated CSUB with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Management and a Master’s of Public Administration.

Captain Jeremy Grimes

Captain Jeremy Grimes began his law enforcement career in 1995 working in detentions for the Kern County Sheriff’s Office. He worked as a patrol officer and field training officer for California State University Fresno Police Department from 1995 through 1998. In 1998 Captain Grimes was hired by the Bakersfield Police Department and has worked on a variety of assignments. Captain Grimes currently serves as the Investigations Division Commander.

Acting Captain Jeremy Blakemore

Lieutenant Jeremy Blakemore is currently serving in the capacity of an Interim Police Captain where he manages the Training and Logistics Division. As the division commander, Captain Blakemore is responsible for the hiring and recruitment of police department personnel, the Bakersfield Police Academy, the Planning, Research, and Training Section, and the Defensive Tactics and Arrest Control Team.

Captain Blakemore was born and raised in Bakersfield and has been serving this community with the Bakersfield Police Department since 2003.

Acting Captain Bobby woolard

Bobby Woolard began his career in public service as a U.S. Marine in 1989. Post Marine Corps, he worked as a Correctional Officer with the California Department of Corrections for several years. In 1997, Captain Woolard was hired by the Bakersfield Police Department. He has worked in a variety of line-level and supervisory positions in the Bakersfield Police Department, including Patrol, the Special Enforcement Unit, Investigations, SWAT, Training & Logistics and Internal Affairs. Captain Woolard was promoted to the acting Captain position of the Special Operations Division in August of 2020.

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