Robert P. Blankenship was born in Arcata, California, and spent most of his life in Redding as a career police officer. In 2001 Bob served as the President of the California Police Chiefs Association, and in 2002 he retired after serving as Redding’s Chief of Police for 13 years. That same year, he joined the Foundation’s Board and currently serves as its Chairman. Bob and his wife Jean enjoy gardening and raising birds and miniature animals. They each have a grown daughter and grandchildren.