Welcome to Chief Leadership

Chief Leadership’s mission is to help public safety leaders survive and thrive. Founded by retired Tustin Police Chief, Charles Celano, Chief Leadership, is focused on providing premier private and public safety training in the form of keynote speaking, executive coaching and leadership training programs.

Chief Leadership is a private and public safety training company with a focus on public safety leadership. To provide effective leadership training programs we focus on three areas of service:

1. Keynote Speaking

2. Executive Coaching

3. Leadership Development

Our Services

Chief Leadership’s private and public safety training focuses on the complete picture of resiliency and wellness. Chief Leadership is respected throughout the public safety community because of our commitment to providing premium quality services.

Both public and private organizations can benefit from hearing Charlie’s story of resiliency and wellness. He shares the hard-learned lessons of unhealthy coping mechanisms resulting from trauma on and off the job and the resulting impact of emotional, mental and physical well-being. More importantly, he shares how to prevent it from occurring in the first place. His message is one of prevention, stress management, career survival, and thriving in both your personal and professional life.

Charlie and his team provide top-level leadership coaching services to today’s public safety professionals. Many of his leadership coaching clients have achieved higher ranked positions within their organizations, as well as a much improved outlook on their wellness and self-care habits.

Charlie can come into your organization and develop comprehensive leadership training programs to bring out the absolute best in your aspiring leaders. This product is not a “cookie cutter” program off the shelf, but rather a customized leadership training program designed specifically for your needs.

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About Our Founder

Chief Charles Celano (Ret.)

Charlie Celano is a seasoned executive and leadership development consultant with nearly 30 years of experience in public safety. As a professional speaker, trainer and coach, Charlie is focused on helping others, especially those in management positions, build personal and professional resilience to enhance leadership success.


Charlie spent 27 years with the Tustin Police Department in Orange County, CA working his way up through the ranks to become the 14th police chief in the department’s 90 year history. Throughout his career, Charlie worked a variety of assignments, including patrol officer, field training officer, narcotics detective, gang detective sergeant, lieutenant, captain and ultimately the chief of police.


Charlie is a graduate of the 258th session of the FBI National Academy for Law Enforcement Leaders in 2014. He also achieved a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Studies from California State University, Long Beach in 2005 and a Master of Arts degree in Business Management from the University of Redlands in 2009.


Charlie came face-to-face with his mortality in early 2018 when he was diagnosed with a serious heart condition related to chronic stress and poor lifestyle habits. After making significant changes in his life, Charlie has completely turned his health around and now shares his story of resilience and wellness in his private and public safety training to leaders all over the globe.


Most importantly, Charlie cherishes his relationships with his friends and family, especially his beautiful wife, Heidi and his five children, Lauren, Alyssa, Chaz, Anthony and Daniel.


Charlie is so much more than just a coach; he is a great teacher, encourager, and delivers a tough word when needed. Charlie showed me great empathy and compassion during our sessions, he is the best listener I have ever met… Charlie took the time to get to know me as a person and a leader, shared the learning process, and joined me on the adventure of self-discovery… With Charlie’s guidance, teaching and encouragement I have been able to build a more trusting, cohesive team, that cares about others and who work together to accomplish shared goals… With his encouragement and training, I was taking better care of myself, I was more aware of the power of my words and actions, and I developed a desire to care and show compassion to my team. Charlie’s impact is being felt by me, my team and most importantly my family – I will forever be indebted to him!


– Art G.


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We look forward to helping you and your private and public safety training needs. Please give us a call at 714-497-3025 or use the form and we’ll be in touch as soon as possible.