Chief of Police Kelly Gordon began her law enforcement career with the Los Angeles Police Department in January 1996. She then left the Los Angeles Police Department in 2000 for the Montebello Police Department. She progressed through the ranks at Montebello PD working various assignments including Patrol, Investigations, Training and Personnel, and Administration. In January of 2017 she was hired by the Monterey Park Police Department as a Captain. She most recently oversaw the Operations Division and was named Interim Police Chief in February of 2020.
She also worked with FEMA Urban Search and Rescue for over 20 years and is part of the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation. She was a Canine Disaster Search Specialist and her deployments include the World Trade Center after 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Ike, and Hurricane Rita.
She has a Bachelor’s Degree from Cal Poly University, Pomona and a Masters Degree in Leadership from Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, CA. She was the recipient of the 2013 Assembly Member 49th District Women’s History Month Leadership Award and is the recipient of the Montebello PD’s Medal of Merit and Meritorious Service Awards. She is a graduate of the FBI National Academy Class 277.