Mark Yokoyama, born and raised in the City of Los Angeles, entered public service in 1986 when he attended the Police Academy at Golden West College graduating as the Honor Recruit 1987. After a short stint as a Reserve Officer with the Tustin and Laguna Beach Police Departments, he worked for the La Palma Police Department over the next twelve years progressing through the ranks working various field and administrative assignments. He last served as the supervisor for the Community Policing unit and is a Medal of Valor recipient from the La Palma Police Department.
In 1999, Yokoyama joined the Newark Police Department in the San Francisco Bay area as a Police Lieutenant and was promoted to Police Captain in 2002. Having served as both the Operations and Services Division Commander for the Newark Police Department, he has been credited with implementation of Community Oriented Policing, building and repairing community relations, developing police technology, and personnel development.
In 2003, Yokoyama returned to Southern California joining the Cypress Police Department as a Police Captain and was promoted to Chief of Police in 2008. During his tenure, Chief Yokoyama continued his interest in developing police-community relationships, instituted technology initiatives, and furthered the implementation of contemporary policing philosophies and other crime fighting strategies. After serving the City of Cypress for eight years, he was selected to lead the Alhambra Police Department and began his duties as Alhambra’s Chief of Police on 2011. As Chief of Alhambra, Chief Yokoyama has been credited with enhancing Community Oriented Policing and community engagement in a culturally diverse community through various community programs and innovative outreach initiatives. During this time the department has also received awards and national/international accolades for its progressive and contemporary use of technology in effort to build police community relations.
After a 29-year career in policing, Yokoyama retired form policing and assumed the role of City Manager for the City of Alhambra in May of 2016, a position he still holds. As City Manager, Yokoyama serves as the Chief advisor to the City Council and oversees the day-to-day operations of ten City departments, including municipal Police and Fire Departments, with a $140-million-dollar budget and 400 employees.
Yokoyama holds an Associate of Arts degree from Golden West College in Police Administration, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Administration from the University of La Verne, a Masters of Arts degree in Behavioral Science from Cal State Dominguez Hills and a second Masters degree in Executive Leadership from the University of Southern California. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia, L.A.P.D. West Point Leadership program, the Senior Management Institute for Police, P.O.S.T. Command College, P.O.S.T. Supervisory Leadership Institute, and the University of Southern California Delinquency Control Institute.
Yokoyama has been a community college and police academy instructor since 1990 training over 10,000 police recruits, students and professionals across the state and is currently an adjunct faculty member at Golden West College, Fullerton College, and Rio Hondo College.
During his career, Yokoyama has received a number of coveted honors and awards, including; U.S.-Japan Council, Japanese American Leadership Delegation, Tokyo, Japan (2016); 49th Assembly District 2014 Asian Pacific Islander American Month Heritage Award, Alhambra Education Foundation Service to Education Award – 2014; Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow (2012); recipient of the Golden West College Alumni Pillar of Achievement (2009); County of Orange Medal of Valor (1993); Award of Law Enforcement Professional Achievement from the California Peace Officers Association (1993); Police Officer of the Year from the La Palma Police Department (1990); and Police Academy Honor Recruit (Golden West College Police Academy, 1987).
Yokoyama has been very active in the communities he has served participating in leadership positions for the Boys and Girls Club, local Lions and Optimist clubs, and other civic organizations, as well as being a past Supervisorial appointee to the Orange County Drug and Alcohol Advisory Board and past President of the Golden West College Foundation. He has been a past member of the California Police Chief’s Association, the Los Angeles County Police Chief’s Association and California Peace Officers Association where he served on the executive board for 10 years, including serving as association President. He is a current member of the Alhambra Rotary Club and a 10-year member of Rotary International.