Saskia Lagergren will start her new position as Chief of the Los Altos, Calif., Police Department on Monday, June 3, 2024. (City of Santa Clara via Pagransen)

Los Altos native Saskia Lagergren will be the city’s new police chief starting today, Monday.

Lagergren succeeds former Police Chief Angela Averiett, who resigned last month to become San Leandro’s interim police chief.

Lagergren will oversee the city’s Police Department, which is comprised of 32 officers and 17 other staff members.

As a former Santa Clara police captain, Lagergren brings more than 21 years of experience in policing. 

In her two decades serving the Santa Clara community, Lagergren steadily rose through the ranks, holding various positions, including undercover narcotics detective, temporary holding facility sergeant, sexual assault detective, field training officer sergeant and taser sergeant.

“We are thrilled to welcome Chief Lagergren back to her hometown. Her exceptional leadership in public safety and proven ability to form genuine, long-standing relationships with the community make her an ideal fit,” said City Manager Gabriel Engeland. “Throughout the interview process, she demonstrated a clear and compelling vision for the Los Altos Police Department. We are confident that Chief Lagergren will lead the department with distinction, ensuring the safety of the Los Altos community and effectively implementing the City Council’s priorities.”

Lagergren said she is “both honored and humbled to lead the Los Altos Police Department. Having grown up in this community, I have a profound appreciation for its unique character and values. I am eager to collaborate with the City Council, City staff and all members of the community to ensure Los Altos remains a safe place to live, work, visit and play.”

Lagergren holds a master’s degree in business administration from Loyola Marymount University and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Furman University, where she played Division I softball.