Today the City of Brea announced the retirement of Brea Police Chief Jack Conklin effective May 3, 2019, following a 33-year law enforcement career. Additionally, City Manager Bill Gallardo has appointed Captain John Burks to succeed Conklin as the new Chief of Police upon Conklin’s retirement.
Chief Jack Conklin began his law enforcement career as a Deputy Sheriff with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department in 1986. In 1989 he joined the Brea Police Department and rose steadily through the ranks ultimately being appointed Brea Police Chief in 2010.
“I am proud to be a member of the Brea Police Department and I am honored to have worked with so many dedicated professionals throughout my career, whose tremendous work has kept our community safe,” said Conklin. “I would also like to thank present and former City Council Members, city staff and the Brea community for their longstanding, unwavering support of the Police Department,” he concluded.
Under Conklin’s leadership, the City of Brea has maintained its strong reputation as a safe community serving 43,000 residents and over 125,000 people, who visit Brea daily for work or recreation. Committed to the ideals of providing professional, empathetic, and excellent customer service, the members of the Brea Police Department are proud of its widespread community support.
Conklin began his Brea career as a Patrol Officer serving the cities of Brea and Yorba Linda. (Under a contractual agreement, the Brea Police Department provided police services to the City of Yorba Linda for more than 40 years). He served in a variety of assignments, including School Resource Officer, Field Training Officer, and as the departments first Professional Standards Sergeant and Press Information Officer. In 2005, Conklin was promoted to Lieutenant and served as a Patrol Watch Commander. As a Lieutenant, he also worked as a Yorba Linda Area Commander and directed the department recruiting effort. In May of 2008, Conklin was promoted to Captain and served as Chief of Police Services for the City of Yorba Linda for two years before being named the Uniform Services Division Commander. Conklin held this position until his promotion to Chief of Police on December 10, 2010.
A firm believer that building a strong partnership with the community is critical to public safety, Conklin initiated a number of department community efforts including: Love Brea, a city-wide day of service, social media outreach and expanded participation at community events and on regional committees. Conklin was also instrumental in securing state funding to help address the issues of Homelessness and providing healthy alternatives for Brea’s “At Risk Youth” through his participation on the North Orange County Public Safety Task Force’s governing board.
Captain John Burks, a 27-year veteran of the Brea Police Department, currently serves as the department’s Uniform Division Commander overseeing operations in Patrol, Traffic, SWAT, and Communications. His appointment is effective immediately upon Conklin’s retirement. Burks will be sworn in officially at a ceremony in May.
“I am very proud and honored to be selected as the next Police Chief for the Brea Police Department and would like to thank City Manager Bill Gallardo and the Brea City Council for their faith in my ability to carry out this important responsibility,” said Burks. “Brea residents rightfully expect and demand the highest level of professional, ethical, and empathetic policing, and thanks to the leadership of Chief Conklin and the hard working members of the police department, I believe we consistently meet those expectations,” he continued. “I look forward to leading the women and men of the Brea Police Department as we evolve to meet new policing challenges and to continue to provide exceptional public safety services,” he concluded.
During his career, Captain Burks has served as a Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer, School Resource Officer, Patrol Sergeant, Detective Sergeant, Lieutenant and as Investigation Division Commander and the Chief of Police Services for contract law enforcement in the neighboring City of Yorba Linda.
Captain Burks holds a Master's degree from Chapman University in Organizational Leadership and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and California P.O.S.T Command College.