Administration

Tuck Younis, Chief of Police

Tuck Younis, Police Chief
 

Tuck Younis graduated from Chico State University with a degree in Community Services and was hired by the San Jose Police Department in 1978. During his career, Tuck had the opportunity to work a variety of assignments such as: Patrol, Field Training, Vice, Criminal Intelligence, Internal Affairs, Patrol Watch Commander, Violent Crime Enforcement Team, Horse Mounted, Air Support, and Special Investigations. As a Captain, Tuck worked in the Bureau of Administration overseeing Personnel, Training and the Fiscal Unit and also served as the Commander of the Special Operations Division managing special events, street level gang and drug enforcement, traffic and high-risk tactical operations for the department.

In 2005, Tuck was appointed the rank of Assistant Chief and served as the second-in-command overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Police Department. At the time of his service, the City of San Jose was the 10th largest city in the country, with a population of approximately one million and covered roughly 177 square miles. The department had 1,800 employees with 1,400 sworn officers.

In December of 2007, after 29 years of service, Tuck retired from the City of San Jose to become the Chief of Police for the Los Altos Police Department. The Los Altos Police Department has 48 employees with 30 sworn officers. In 2013, the City of Los Altos earned the distinction of being the 23rd Safest City in America for cities with a population over 25,000.

Andy Galea, Captain

Andy Galea, Captain of Operations
 

Andy Galea was sworn in as the new Police Captain for the Los Altos Police Department on August 24, 2009 and has assumed the role of Operations Commander overseeing Patrol, Investigations, Traffic and Training. 

Andy started his law enforcement career with the Menlo Park Police Department and also served with the Foster City Police Department until he was hired by the San Jose Police Department in 1978. During his career with San Jose, Andy had the opportunity to work a variety of assignments. As an Officer he worked Patrol, Field Training and undercover Vice. As a Sergeant he worked Patrol, School Liaison, Narcotics-Covert Investigations, DEA Task Force, Airport Narcotics, Auto Theft, Court Liaison and the Information Center. As a Lieutenant he worked as a Patrol Watch Commander and also served as the Commander of the Special Operations METRO unit, Assaults Unit and High Tech Crime unit. As a Captain he worked in the Bureau of Investigations overseeing both the Property Crimes Division and the Person Crimes Division.

In January of 2008, Andy was promoted to the rank of Deputy Chief in San Jose and served as the Chief of Investigations and as the Chief of the Bureau of Field Operations. The Bureau of Field Operations has approximately 1,000 sworn officers and is the primary provider of police services for the City of San Jose. On August 7, 2009, after 30 years of service, Andy retired from the San Jose Police Department to join the Los Altos Police Department.

Andy holds a B.A. in Management from Menlo College and is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia, as well as the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development course.

Elizabeth Vargas, Police Services Manager

Elizabeth Vargas, Police Services Manager
 

Elizabeth Vargas began her career as a 9-1-1 Dispatcher with Santa Clara County in March of 1987. In March of 1989 Elizabeth moved to Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety (SVDPS) where she worked a variety of assignments including:

  • 9-1-1 Public Safety Safety Dispatcher
  • Communications Training Officer
  • Senior Public Safety Dispatcher
  • Administrative and Quality Assurance Senior Public Safety Dispatcher
  • Acting Communications Manager

In November of 2009 Elizabeth left SVDPS to pursue a position with the Los Altos Police Department as the Police Services Manager where she manages 9-1-1 Communications, Records, Property & Evidence and Public Safety Technology.

Currently Elizabeth is working on a Tri-City Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) and Records Management System (RMS) with Mountain View and Palo Alto Police Departments where we will join our technologies together virtually.

Elizabeth has a B.S. in Business Management.