Dan Adams Police Chief

Distinguished record and homeless outreach cited

Orange, CA- Captain Dan Adams, who began his law enforcement career with the City of Orange Police Department thirty-one years ago, has been appointed as the City’s new Chief of Police, effective July 4th, 2021. Adams will replace Chief Tom Kisela who is retiring on July 3rd after 35 years with the Orange Police Department, including the last five as the Chief of Police.

While providing an essential public safety perspective to the City’s management team, Adams will be responsible for continuing the community’s high level of policing services and ongoing development of successful public safety outreach programs.

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“…a long and distinguished record of exemplary service to the citizens of Orange.”

Mark A. Murphy, Orange Mayor

Throughout Adams’ career, he worked a wide variety of assignments. As Captain, he most recently commanded the department’s largest division, Field Services, where he was responsible for over 130 employees and managed the department’s Patrol services, Traffic Bureau, Neighborhood Enhancement Team, Homeless Engagement Team, Communications Center, and the SWAT Team.


Adams’ efforts have been instrumental in leading the City’s outreach to the homeless. Prior to his time in Field Services, Adams led the Support Services Division where he was directly responsible for the department’s budget, hiring and training, crime prevention and Homeland Security.

“Dan Adams has had a long and distinguished record of exemplary service to the citizens of Orange,” said City of Orange Mayor Mark A. Murphy. “Orange is one of the safest cities in Orange County thanks to the hard work of the Orange Police Department, and we expect this trend to continue under the leadership of Chief Adams.”

Native of Orange

Adams was born and raised in Orange and is a graduate of Orange High School. He and his wife, Lesly, have two adult sons. Adams spent many years as a youth hockey coach where he focused on mentoring kids with character based values.

Adams has a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Management and has attended many intensive leadership programs throughout his career, including the distinguished Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute and Executive Management courses.

“Serving the Orange Police Department for the last thirty-one years alongside so many remarkable men and women has been a privilege,” said Adams. “And now, having the opportunity to lead the department’s crime reduction efforts while continuing to build our relationships with the community, is truly an honor.”

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