Thomas W. Finn became Boulder City’s Chief of Police in March of 2006. He came to us from East Brunswick, New Jersey where he served for 25 years, his last seven as the Director of Public Safety/Deputy Chief of Police and Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator. There he directed the administration, supervision and operations of the East Brunswick Department of Public Safety, including Police, Fire and Emergency Medical Services.
It was with the East Brunswick Department of Public Safety that Chief Finn re-directed the mission of what was once a reactive patrol force of 93 sworn officers, educating and training them into the most successful enforcers of New Jersey’s DUI laws. This process resulted in the department making more DUI arrests than any of the other 565 municipal police departments in the State of New Jersey from 2002 through 2005.
Chief Finn also served from 2002 through 2006 as an adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
While with the East Brunswick Department of Public Safety, Chief Finn was appointed as a Commissioner by New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman to the Public Employment Relations Commission (PERC) from 1995 through 1999.
Chief Finn served in the United States Navy from 1975 to 1980 where he served with Fighter Squadron 101 at Oceana Naval Air Station in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Chief Finn earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice and a Master's Degree in Public Administration, both from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. He is also a Certified Public Manager and a 1996 graduate of the F.B.I. National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.
He is a member of the Highway Safety Committee for the International Association of Chiefs of Police, which is comprised of senior law enforcement executives as well as representatives from Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Institute of Police Technology and Management and the Northwestern University Traffic Institute. He also serves as the chairman of the IACP's Enforcement Technologies Advisory Technical Subcommittee (ETATS).
Chief Finn served as the President of the Nevada Sheriffs' and Chiefs' Association from 2010-2012. In 2007, Chief Finn was appointed by Governor Jim Gibbons as a Commissioner on the Nevada Peace Officers' Standards & Training Commission (P.O.S.T.).