Police Administrator C/O Personnel Div.
Francois L. Gardere Jr., is the Commanding Officer of Personnel Division. As the C/O of Personnel Division, he serves as the Department's Personnel Director and advises top Department management on personnel related laws, rules, regulations, policies, and procedures. Mr. Gardere is also responsible for processing and assigning all sworn and civilian personnel, conducting background investigations of all civilian personnel, processing all sick and injured employee documents, administering the Department's Return to Work Program, processing sworn employees applying for pensions, and maintaining all personnel and medical records of the Department.
Mr. Gardere was appointed to the LAPD in 1990 as a Station Officer. He remained at Jail Division for 10 years, promoting to Senior and Principal Detention Officer before leaving the Department in 2000 to pursue an administrative career. Mr. Gardere worked his way up the analyst ranks in the personnel section of several departments including Public Works, Los Angeles World Airports, and the Department of Water and Power, before returning to LAPD in 2007 as the Assistant Commanding Officer of Personnel Division.