Chief of Police
Chief Rob Landon is a U.S. Navy veteran who received his honorable discharge as a Senior Non-Commissioned Officer in 1993. He served more than 11 years onboard Trident and Fast-Attack Class nuclear powered submarines during Operation Desert Storm and the Cold War. He has called Washington, California, Hawaii, and Connecticut home for brief periods of time. He is proud to call Yuba City his home now.
After joining the Yuba City Police Department in 1994, Landon promoted through the ranks of the Department. He has held the positions of patrol officer, detective, sergeant, lieutenant, captain, deputy chief, and on Dec. 30, 2008, he became the Department's 14th Chief Officer. He has completed Basic and Advanced SWAT curriculums through the Federal Bureau of Investigations and SWAT Team Leader and SWAT Commander courses through International Training Resources, Inc. He is an active member of the National Tactical Officers Association and the California Association of Tactical Officers.
Landon possesses a Bachelor of Science degree in business management from the University of Phoenix and a Master of Science degree in emergency services administration from California State University, Long Beach. He is a graduate of the West Point Leadership Academy, which is held at the Los Angeles Police Academy in accordance with criteria sanctioned by the United States Military Academy at West Point; the FBI National Academy Session 248, held in Quantico, Virginia; and the California Police Officers Standards and Training (POST) Management and Executive Development Courses of instruction. He possesses Management and Executive Certification from the POST Commission.
Along with multiple military awards and decorations, Landon also possesses the Yuba City Police Department's Purple Heart, Distinguished Service Medal, Police Unit Commendation with "V" Device and Oak Leaf Cluster, Peace Officer of the Year Ribbon, Chief's Outstanding Unit Award with Oak Leaf Cluster, Police Individual Commendation Medal and the Police Achievement Ribbon with four Oak Leaf Clusters. Additionally, he was awarded the Silver Medal in weight lifting at the 2007 Western States Police and Fire Games (formally known as the Police Olympics) in Mesa, Arizona, and in 2008 and 2009, he received the Gold Medal in the same event held in Boise, Idaho and Santa Clarita, California.
Landon is active in the community. He is a commissioner for the Sutter County Children and Families Commission and volunteers his time as a coach for Sutter Buttes Little League and a coach with the River Valley Junior Falcons Football Program.
He is married to Traci (formerly Love) of Yuba City. They are the proud parents of a son, Carter.
Office of the Chief of Police
Toni Darwazeh has come full circle to her position as Administrative Assistant to the Office of the Chief of Police. While in high school, she worked in the Records and Communication Sections of the Department, along with accomplishing assignments at City Hall.
After graduation, Darwazeh continued her office experience in the private sector, working within the medical and public transit sectors. She continued ties within law enforcement by accepting clerical and budgetary assignments with the California Department of Justice.
For the last 12 years, she has held positions of ever-growing responsibility that center on bookkeeping and office management, with both CPA and agribusiness firms within our region.
Darwazeh is active in community volunteerism with various groups and organizations, particularly as a literacy instructor for elementary-school-age children. She is also the recipient of the Police Unit Commendation Ribbon.
Darwazeh and her husband, Kevin, are the proud parents of Nowell, Kevin, Natalie and Brian. They live in Marysville.
Assistant Chief of Police
Assistant Chief Jeremy Garcia began his law enforcement career in 1993 as a police officer for the Marysville Police Department. He was promoted to the position of police sergeant in 1996 and served in this capacity until 2001. As a sergeant, he held ancillary duties as the department’s training manager and team leader of the Special Weapons and Tactics Team. During his time with the Marysville Police Department, he was recognized for his efforts in DUI enforcement and named the 1994 Officer of the Year.
In 2001, Garcia began his employment with the Yuba City Police Department. He has held the positions of patrol officer, field training officer, sergeant/field supervisor, police lieutenant, commander, and currently assistant chief of police. Garcia has 17 years of SWAT Team experience serving as operator, team leader, and tactical commander.
Garcia possesses an Associate of Science degree in administration of justice from Yuba Community College and a Bachelor of Public Administration degree (BPA) from the University of San Francisco. He is a graduate of the 259th session of the FBI National Academy as well as the Los Angeles Police Department West Point Leadership Program. He possesses Management Level Certification from California’s Commission on Police Officer Standards and Training. Additionally, he is the recipient of the Police Unit Commendation with "V" Device and Oak Leaf Cluster and the Chief's Outstanding Unit Award with Oak Leaf Cluster.
Garcia is a lifelong resident of the Yuba-Sutter area, and a third-generation law enforcement officer in Sutter County. He is married to Donna (formerly Friant) and they have a son and daughter.
Lieutenant Tom Tappe
Lieutenant Tom Tappe began his law enforcement career as a police officer with the Yuba City Police Department in June 1990. Tappe promoted to the position of police sergeant in 1996 and police lieutenant in 2003. He currently serves as a district/watch commander for the patrol division.
Tappe held a number of collateral duties during his career, including previous assignments as a tactical operator on the department’s SWAT team and coordinator of the Reserve Police Officer Program. Additionally, Tappe was instrumental in the development of the department’s adult Volunteers in Policing program.
In 1998, he was chosen as the department’s Peace Officer of the Year by his co-workers, the first time a manager was honored with this award.
Tappe has a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from California State University, Sacramento and a Master of Public Administration Degree (MPA) from California State University, Chico. He possesses Managerial Certification from the California State Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST), is a graduate of the POST Supervisory Leadership Institute (SLI), the West Point Leadership Academy, and the 240th session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.
Tappe is a lifelong resident of the Yuba-Sutter area. He and his wife, Holly, have been married for 23 years and are the proud parents of a son, Trevor.
Operations Support Manager
Media Relations Director
Operations Support Manager Shawna Pavey has overall managerial responsibility for the communications center, records, budgetary accounting and business operations of the Department. Additionally, she is the media relations director for the police department, coordinating all press inquiries and information releases. The operations support manager is a division-level command appointment with a corresponding rank equivalency of a police lieutenant. Along with her day-to-day responsibilities and certifications, Pavey also meets current and proposed training requirements for incident command and general staff positions under the National Incident Management and Incident Command System organizational structure.
Pavey is a member of the U.S. Air Force Reserve, entering as an enlisted intelligence specialist then becoming a commissioned officer. She currently holds the rank of lieutenant colonel. She currently serves as the inspector general for the 349th Air Mobility Wing at Travis Air Force Base. The 349th AMW is the largest wing in the Air Force Reserve, consisting of over 3,100 personnel. She has served in support of Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Somalia, Bosnia, Panama and Noble Eagle/Enduring Freedom, as well as in support of our mission in Afghanistan and most recently in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Pavey holds undergraduate degrees in general science and communications. Additionally, she holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biology, with honors, from Humboldt State University and a Master of Military Operational Art and Science degree from the United States Air Force Air Command and Staff College. In conjunction with her numerous military awards and recognitions, Pavey is also the recipient of the Chief's Employee of the Year Award, Police Unit Commendation, and Police Individual Achievement Ribbon with Oak Leaf Cluster.