Commanders

Brian P. Bubar, promoted to Commander in July 2016, was hired by the Police Department on December 9, 2002.  After only having three and half years in patrol, Commander Bubar was assigned to the West Contra Costa County Narcotics Enforcement Task Force (West-NET), as a Narcotics Investigator. He has been recognized throughout the state for his undercover work with large scale narcotics operations. He was selected by his peers as Officer of the Year after he successfully infiltrated a notorious street gang as an undercover officer. In addition to his patrol duties, Commander Bubar successfully implemented a progressive recruitment program seeking out candidates of the highest standards for the position of Police Officer.  He helped formulate the Cadet Program by creating selection and hiring standards, and creating the training matrix and was selected as the supervisor for the Priority Oriented Policing Unit where he excelled at fighting crime and developing positive relationships with the community through our schools and city departments.  He has served as one of San Pablo Police Department’s Hostage Negotiators for more than 10 years. He recently graduated from the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute, which is an intensive 8 month long law enforcement leadership program.  He was also selected by his peers as the class valedictorian.  Commander Bubar will be receiving his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from California Coasts University this year.   

Mike S. Gancasz, promoted to Commander in May 2017, was hired by the Police Department on August 4, 2000.  Commander Gancasz is currently assigned to our Patrol Division. Commander Mike Gancasz began his law enforcement career with the San Pablo Police Department in 2000 as a Patrol Officer. After assignments with Patrol and Investigations he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2008. He was promoted to Commander by Chief Walter N. Schuld in 2017. During his career, Commander Gancasz has served the Police Department in many roles. As an Officer and Sergeant he was assigned to both Patrol and Investigations. He was also a Field Training Officer, Instructor, and Supervisor of the Department’s Training Program for 7 years. He spent 4 years with the Department’s Gang Unit that served with the FBI East Bay Safe Streets Task Force.

Commander Gancasz holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice Management, and is a 2012 graduate of the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute. He was named the San Pablo Police Officer of the Year in 2003. Commander Gancasz and his wife live in Contra Costa County and have one daughter.

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