Police Chief Trevor Womack


​ Meet Salem Police Chief Trevor Womack. Raised in Stockton, California, he began his law enforcement career in 1992 with the Stockton Police Department. Chief Womack worked his way up through the ranks in Stockton to Deputy Chief of Police, a position he held for eight years before coming to Salem. He has worked a variety of assignments throughout his law enforcement career, gaining extensive experience managing critical incident investigations, implementing new technologies, developing recruitment strategies, advancing officer training, and the management of complex projects.

Chief Womack holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from California State University Stanislaus and a Master of Arts Degree in Security Studies from the Naval Postgraduate School. He also graduated from the FBI National Academy; a professional development program for local law enforcement leaders across the nation and abroad.

Putting philosophy into practice

Chief Womack's policing philosophy rests on the dual pillars of smarter policing and principled policing. Smarter policing draws upon data-driven, evidence-based approaches to develop the most effective law enforcement programs and efforts—the "what we do and how we do it." Principled policing involves individual and organizational integrity, character, and trust—the "who we are and why." Together, when practically applied throughout the entire organization, these co-equal pillars serve to simultaneously improve public safety and build police-community trust.

Through his involvement with the National Initiative for Building Community Trust & Justice, Chief Womack has firsthand, practical knowledge regarding the work necessary to improve trust between a community and the criminal justice system. He has also developed and led effective individual- and area-based gun violence reduction strategies.

Commitment to public service

Chief Womack is a second-generation law enforcement officer with a demonstrated commitment to public service. He is the Salem Police Department's tenth person to hold the title of Chief of Police and is honored to continue and expand upon that commitment. He leads with a servant's heart, while giving back to the profession the loves, the Salem community, and the men and women of the Salem Police Department.

​Chief Moore is a lifelong Salem area resident and is a graduate of McNary High School and Oregon College of Education (now WOU). Chief Moore has over 39 years of law enforcement experience in Oregon and started his career with the Salem Police Department in 1979. He was appointed Chief in 2005.

Chief Moore is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy, Oregon Executive Development Institute and Leadership Salem.  He currently serves on the board of Family Building Blocks, the Governor’s Re-Entry Task Force, the State of Oregon Child Welfare Advisory Committee, the Marion County Public Safety Coordinating Council and the Marion County Children and Families Commission.


Chief Moore’s priorities as a leader of an agency staffed by 190 officers includes:

  • Promote community-wide involvement in keeping our city safe
  • Continue to develop positive relations with all facets of our community
  • Provide public safety guidance in responding to all types of societal issues, including mental illness and homelessness
  • Develop and maintain a professional police force the community can be proud of

Roles and responsibilities

The Police Chief is appointed by the City Manager and is responsible for all law enforcement activities within the city.

Responsibilities include:

  • Ensure the public safety needs of the community are met
  • Hire, train, equip and provide leadership to Salem’s police force
  • Preserve the peace and serve the interests of the City
  • Effectively partner and promote positive working relations with other public safety organizations
  • Provide community leadership to a variety of task forces and boards

Roles include:

  • Chief of Police for Salem’s police force
  • Board member or participant in numerous community or professional organizations
  • Salem resident and community member for almost 60 years​
Police Chief Trevor Womack in uniform

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Salem Police Chief Trevor WomackPolice Department
333 Division ST NE
Salem OR 97301
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