Biography: Bob Stresak, Executive Director
Bob Stresak was appointed Executive Director in 2013. Bob brings 42 years of California law enforcement to the position. Previously, he served with the Los Angeles Police Department for 27 years. After retiring in 1997, he was appointed by Governor Wilson to serve as Assistant Director for the California Youth Authority (CYA) and was charged with establishing operational policy for professional performance and internal investigations for fourteen statewide CYA institutions and camps. He later conducted administrative investigations for the Office of Inspector General.
Bob joined POST in 1999 and assumed responsibility for the management of the Robert Presley Institute of Criminal Investigation. In 2001, Bob became the Basic Course Coordinator for the statewide network of POST certified academies and was assigned to be the project manager to weave stronger themes of leadership, ethics and community policing throughout the entire basic course curriculum - a project that would require 4 years of careful coordination with academy leadership and would result in the conceptual design of today's Instructor Development Institute.
In 2006, Bob became POST's liaison to the California State Legislature representing law enforcement's voice regarding statewide training standards to legislative entities, CSSA, Cal Chiefs, PORAC, CPOA and other public safety interests. In an effort to secure future law enforcement recruitment potential, he was responsible for the proposal to the Department of Education regarding the concept of standardization of criminal justice programs in the public school system. He also initiated legislative amendments improving peace officer background investigations.
In 2009, he assumed responsibilities as Bureau Chief of POST's Standards, Evaluation, and Research Bureau. As Bureau Chief, he was responsible for initiating efforts to improve the security of POST's test administration among basic course presenters and conducted a major investigation into testing standards. In 2012, Bob was appointed as Assistant Executive Director of the Standards and Development Division.
Bob holds a Bachelor's Degree from California State University, Los Angeles. He resides in the Sacramento area with his wife Sandra, and has 3 adult children and 2 grandchildren.