Jessica Robledo

Jessica is a 34 year law enforcement executive who has dedicated her career to leading with excellence, mentoring others and developing future leaders.  With 30 years at the Austin Police Department in Texas, Jessica Robledo brought more than 16 years of executive and supervisory law enforcement experience to the City of Pflugerville, serving as their Police Chief for 4 years before retiring in February 2021.

During her tenure in Pflugerville, Chief Robledo championed numerous progressive efforts within the Department, focused on providing innovative, equitable, and transparent law enforcement solutions within the Pflugerville community. Robledo believed in being a strong presence within her community while serving with a “Servant’s Heart.” First responder mental wellness was top priority at the Department, with Robledo pioneering the first mental wellness annual check for her staff. In addition, Robledo provided a safe space for officers to create a suicide podcast, highlighting stories of perseverance through obstacles related to their job. Robledo joined other Central Texas chiefs to produce “Smash the Stigma,” video in support of police resilience. The Center for American and International Law honored Robledo for taking the initiative to protect and enhance the mental health of officers, whose suicide prevention program has become a national model. Robledo created officer peer-support groups, chaplain program and streamlined the academy to include a “Family Night.” Robledo worked tirelessly to ensure staff were treated like family and implemented several employee recognition efforts. Robledo’s dedicated efforts to diversify the Pflugerville Police Department included an increase in minority recruitment from 12% to 36% respectfully. Robledo was instrumental in bridging the gap with Spanish-speaking citizens. Robledo has a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education from Angelo State University in Texas. Her passion is to mentor others who shared the same traumatic childhood she experienced and encourage perseverance and strength to overcome obstacles. Exec. Leadership -Training Experience includes the FBI National Academy; Senior Management Institute for Police; Police Executive Leadership Institute; Named “Woman of Distinction” in 2019 – Texas Assoc. of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce; Recipient of “Latina Industry Leaders Award for Public Service” in 2020 – Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; Executive Board Member for Law Enforcement Executive of Central Texas, Caruth Police Institute, Texas Police Chief’s Assoc. Women’s Leadership and Interagency Sexual Assault Team