RELEASE: Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León Announces Appointment of Chief Sergeant-at-Arms Debbie Manning

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Debbie ManningSACRAMENTO – California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) today announced the appointment of Debbie Manning as Chief Sergeant-at-Arms, effective immediately, making her the first woman and person of color to serve in the position. Manning has served as Acting Chief since August 2014, this appointment makes the position permanent.

“Debbie Manning has more than three decades of service to the Senate and the people of the State California,” President pro Tempore de León said. “Chief Sergeant Manning approaches her role with strength, integrity and experience and I am pleased she agreed to extend her service to become the permanent Chief Sergeant-at-Arms.”

Manning has had a trailblazing career since joining the Office of the Senate Sergeant-at-Arms in 1977, where she was the first woman to serve as a Senate Sergeant. In September 1998, Manning went on to become the first female Deputy Chief and has performed numerous and diverse assignments throughout her career.

Extensively prepared to respond and investigate threats, Manning has attended numerous international and domestic terrorism trainings through the Secret Service, Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Los Angeles Police Department, and California Department of Corrections. She has also received threat assessment training through the Secret Service, U.S. Capitol Security, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the New York Police Department, and is an instructor and consultant for a course on the protection of public officials.

Manning has worked closely with the Office of Emergency Services (OES) in emergency management and continuity of government. She also has helped design and execute the Capitol Building Emergency Plan (CBEP) for Capitol and Legislative Office Building disaster exercises.

As a member of the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (ATAP), Manning has served as Vice President of the Northern California chapter and is a member of the National Legislative Services and Security Association (NLSSA) of the National Conference of State Legislature (NCSL). She was also appointed by the Senate to serve as a council member of the California Council on Criminal Justice from 2009-2011. Manning is also one of the founding members of the Black Youth Leadership Project. 

Leadership California recognized Manning as one of California’s leading women. She graduated from Leadership California’s Issues and Trends Program in 2002, and became an Executive Board member in 2005. Elected Vice President in 2007, Manning became President of the non-profit in 2009 and she currently sits on their Advisory Council Executive Board.

Manning is a Sacramento native and graduated from the University of California, Davis with a degree in Political Science and Public Service/Administration. She is Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) certified through the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Academy, and attended Law Enforcement Command College. She holds POST certificates in Law Enforcement Management, Background Investigation, Domestic Violence, and Interview and Interrogation.  She is married to Donald Manning and has a son, Russell.