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November 8, 2016 — California General Election

City of Santa ClaraCandidate for Chief of Police

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Pat Nikolai

Police Sergeant
17,513 votes (49.85%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Safety First: We need to increase staffing immediately; We are at the same levels at 25 years ago.
  • Neighborhoods First: I will ensure that neighborhoods are protected by the problems created by Levi's Stadium and the University.
  • Financial Accountability: We need to stop spending general fund money at Levi's Stadium and have the 49ers pay more for public safety.



Profession:Police Sergeant
Police Sergeant, Santa Clara Police Department (1991–current)

Community Activities

Treasurer, Santa Clara Sister Cities Association (2013–current)


I have been at the Santa Clara Police Department for 25 years.  I have lived in Santa Clara for 24 years.  I moved to Santa Clara as a new officer because I wanted to be a part of the community I was protecting.  I have made Santa Clara my home.  My wife and I live in the Old Quad area, and our children attended the local public schools.  During my tenure at the Police Department, I have worked in every division, including patrol, investigations and community services.  I was also the Police Association President for 14 years, giving me valuable management experience.  I have been a leader the entire time I have been in the Police Department, regardless of my rank or position.  A leader needs to be willing to make a difference, and a vision on how to move forward.  I am running for Police Chief to make the department better for the residents of Santa Clara.

Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (9)

  • Santa Clara County Government Attorney's Assoc.
  • San Jose Police Officers' Association
  • Santa Clara County Deputy Sheriff's Association
  • PORAC: Peace Officers Research Association of California
  • AFSCME Local 101 and Council 57
  • South Bay AFL-CIO Labor Council
  • Santa Clara Public Safety Non Sworn Association
  • Santa Clara Fire Fighters' Local 1171
  • Santa Clara Police Officers' Association

Elected Officials (4)

  • Mayor Lisa Gillmor
  • Councilmember Kathy Watanabe
  • Councilmember Dominic Caserta
  • Retired Councilmember Will Kennedy

Individuals (9)

  • Dorothy Rosa
  • Gabby Seagrave, retired SCPD Sergeant
  • LaDonna Silva
  • John and Lorraine Figueira
  • Elise DeYoung, Former SCUSD Trustee and National Operations Director, Girls for a Change
  • Tino Silva, Santa Clara Parks and Rec Commissioner
  • Charles "Chuck" Blair: Santa Clara Parks and Rec Commissioner
  • Ron M. Del Pozzo, Superior Court Judge (Ret.)
  • Ro Khanna: Stanford lecturer in Economics

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I believe that as an elected position, the Police Chief should answer to no one but the residents of Santa Clara.  I am running to ensure that the safety of Santa Clara residents comes before any other interests.  I will work collaboratively with the residents to make sure that the negative effects of Levi's Stadium are mitigated.  I will work with residents of the Old Quad neighborhood and the Santa Clara University administration to hold students accountable for off conduct behavior.  I will ensure that we are enforcing traffic regulations in residential neighborhoods and near schools.  I will increase staffing to ensure that we have a proactive department that works to reduce residential and auto burglaries.

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