Command Staff

Chief Anthony Ciaburro joined the East Bay Regional Park District Police Department in late 2015 and was promoted to Chief in 2017. As the Assistant General Manager of Public Safety, he oversees the District’s Police, Fire and Aquatics Departments

Anthony started his law enforcement career with the San Jose Police Department in 1989.  As an officer, he worked patrol until becoming a case officer on the Narcotics Enforcement Team and then transferred to the SWAT team.  In 1997 Anthony attained the rank of Sergeant and was assigned to Internal Affairs, the Assaults Unit, served as the Hate Crimes Coordinator, where he received the Outstanding Police Duty Award, and finally in the Robbery Unit.

Anthony was promoted to Lieutenant in 2003 where he commanded the downtown patrol division, worked within the Bureau of Technical Services and the Secondary Employment and Permits Unit on special Department-wide technology projects. He then transferred to the Regional Auto Theft Task Force. Anthony was promoted to the Acting Captain of the Bureau of Investigations where he commanded the Robbery, Assaults, Financial Crimes, and Covert Response Units, and returned to the Bureau of Field Operations where he commanded the Administrative Unit prior to attaining the rank of Captain in 2011.

His first assignment as a division commander was to the Western Division to take full advantage of his fluency in Spanish. He was also placed in command of the Field Training Program. Anthony’s skill set was called upon to command the Central Division which encompassed Downtown San Jose. As a captain, Anthony became well known for his ability to establish trust and credibility with the community despite the continuous staffing crisis which faced SJPD. He was well known for his sit down coffee meetings with residents, efforts to provide enhanced police contact with the community via foot patrols, and agility in utilizing the experience of his patrol officers to conduct investigations and solve crimes. He also remained committed to seemingly small but significant quality of life issue.

During his tenure, Anthony received two major department awards. The first was for Outstanding Police Duty and the second was the Richard Huerta Special Merit Award. In addition, the Board of Supervisors of the County of Santa Clara recognized him for his work on community policing and commitment to creating a hate free community. He taught several types of classes and academies including arrest and control, firearms, and tactics. Anthony has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in criminal justice from San Jose State University. He is a graduate of the 2011 FBI National Academy (NA 245), the Senior Management Institute for Police (June 2014). When Anthony left San Jose, both businesses and residents honored him for his work.

Captain Lance A. Brede has served the East Bay Regional Park District since 1993 and was sworn in as an Officer in 1997. Captain Brede was promoted to his current role in 2017 with management responsibility for Patrol Operations, including Patrol Services, the Air Support Unit, the Investigations Unit, the Special Enforcement Unit and the Volunteer Trail Safety Patrol.

During his two decades of service at the District, Captain Brede has held numerous positions throughout the organization including serving as Sergeant, Field Training Officer, Detective, Tactical Flight Officer, SWAT Team Leader, member of the Contra Costa County Mutual Aide Mobile Field Force and prior to his most recent promotion, Lieutenant.

It was during his tenure as Sergeant in the Professional Standard's Unit when Captain Brede guided the Department through its initial CALEA (Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies) accreditation. Of the approximately 18,000 law enforcement agencies in the United States, only a little more than 1.000 departments hold CALEA accreditation.

Captain Brede is widely recognized as a leader in building strong partnerships with the community. His ability to implement problem-solving techniques to proactively address issues of public safety and his pledge to carry out effective stewardship of the unique resources of the District, has led to many important advancements.

In recognition of his significant contributions throughout his career Captain Brede has been the recipient of many honors and awards. He has been awarded the Medal of Merit on two occasions, was honored as the Alameda County EMS Professional of the Year in 2016 and has received the Departments highest award, the Medal of Valor.

Captain Brede received his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration from Columbia South University and is currently pursuing his Master's Degree in Organizational Leadership. In addition, he is a graduate of the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute and the prestigious FBI National Academy.

Captain Alan Love began his law enforcement career as a Police Explorer with the San Ramon Police Department in 1990. He is a veteran of the United States Army and a graduate of the 109th Alameda County Basic Police Academy in 2000. At the East Bay Regional Park District Police Department, Captain Love has worked as a Crime Scene Investigator, Recruit Training Officer, Field Training Officer, SWAT Operator and Team Leader, Defensive Tactics Instructor, and a member of the Alameda County Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement Task Force. He was promoted to Sergeant in 2008 and graduated from the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Academy class 308.

Alan has an Associate’s Degree from Diablo Valley College, a Bachelor’s Degree from California State University, Long Beach, and a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Columbia Southern University. He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in 2014 and promoted to the rank of Captain in 2017. Captain Love oversees the Support Services Division of the Police Department which includes Budget, Administration, Communications, Fleet, Personnel and Training, Professional Standards, and Property and Evidence.  He resides in San Ramon with his family.

Lieutenant Gretchen Rose began her law enforcement career in the 164th Reserve Academy at Evergreen College in 1995.   She was hired with the East Bay Regional Park District Police Department in January 1996 as a police recruit. She graduated from the Los Medanos Police Academy and worked as a Detective in the investigations unit, an officer at the EBMUD substation, a Crime Scene Technician, a Background Investigator and a Defensive Tactics Instructor.  She was promoted to Sergeant in 2004 where she excelled as the Personnel & Training Sergeant.

Gretchen is a graduate of the POST Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute class 235. She also earned an Associate in Science Degree in Administration of Justice from West Valley College. She then earned her Bachelors of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from San Jose State University. She was promoted to Lieutenant in April of 2012, where she worked as the Operations Watch Commander in charge of the K-9 Program and Special Enforcement Unit.  She oversees half of the Patrol Operation Division and the Investigations Unit.  She recently graduated from the FBI National Academy.  Lieutenant Rose resides in Castro Valley with her husband and two children. She serves as the Watch Commander Monday through Thursday.

Lieutenant David Phulps began his law enforcement career with the East Bay Regional Park District Police Department in 1999, when he was hired while attending the California Fish & Game Academy in Napa. He is a husband and father to two young boys. Prior to law enforcement, he spent four years in the Marine Corps, assigned to aviation units in Arizona and Japan. Soon after discharging, he graduated Cum Laude from Southern Illinois University with a BS in Management.

During his tenure with the Department, he’s been a Crime Scene Investigator, Field Training Officer, a member of the Alameda County Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement Task Force, SWAT Team member and Team Leader and a Detective. He was promoted to Sergeant in 2007 and served as a patrol sergeant and supervised the Professional Standards Unit. Lt. Phulps was promoted to Lieutenant in 2017 and serves as the Watch Commander Tuesday through Friday.  He also oversees the other half of the Patrol Operations Division, the EBMUD/JPA (Joint Powers Agreement) Unit and the Special Enforcement Unit which includes marine, canine, equestrian, motorcycle, and bike patrols.

Terrence Joseph Cotcher (Joe)Prior to his law enforcement career, Terrence Joseph Cotcher (Joe) graduated from the University of California, Davis, with a Bachelor’s degree in History and a minor in Political Science. He then became a public school teacher.

Lieutenant Cotcher began his law enforcement career with the East Bay Regional Park District Police Department in 2006 as a police recruit. He became a police officer in May of 2007 where he worked in patrol and the Special Enforcement Unit focusing on problem oriented policing. He later became a firearms instructor utilizing his teaching skills.

In 2015, he was promoted to Sergeant and worked in the Personnel & Training Unit where he was in charge of all department training and hiring of employees. In July of 2018 Joe was promoted to Lieutenant assigned to the Support Services Division. He currently oversees Recruitment and Training, Budget, the Fleet, building and major long term projects. Joe resides in Brentwood with his family and is an avid user of the Park District.

Communications and Records Manager Patty Gershaneck began her career with the East Bay Regional Park District as a Public Safety Communications Dispatcher in 2003. During her tenure in the Communications Center Patty served as a Community Service Officer, Crime Scene Technician, Records Supervisor, Dispatch Supervisor and Communications Training Officer. After her extensive time in the Communications Center Patty was promoted to her current position where she manages the Communications Center, Records and Property/Evidence Units. She also works with Park Operations in regards to the District’s radio and cell phone infrastructure and security systems.