The city of Anna recently named Jeff Caponera, a ten-year veteran of the Anna Police Department, as the city’s new chief of police. Caponera has served several months as interim chief of the department.


Caponera started his law enforcement career in 1995 with the Adams County Sheriff’s Department in the Denver, Colorado metropolitan area. He was there for two years before moving to Thornton, Colorado. He worked for the Collin County Constable’s Office in Precinct 1 in 2003.


He became a sergeant with the Anna Police Department also in 2003. Caponera became a Lieutenant in 2014.


Caponera became the interim Anna police chief at the top of this year.


During a June city council meeting, interim Anna City Manager Maurice Schwanke appointed Caponera to his new position. He will be sworn in on July 10 during a city council work session.


In addition to his field experience, the Chief has provided extensive training in various law enforcement areas and disciplines,” a press release by the city said. “He has been an instructor at the Colorado Institute for Law Enforcement Training, providing high-level instruction in a variety of courses, including in-progress calls, domestic violence response, pedestrian stops, and traffic law and enforcement. The Chief was also the academy’s lead emergency vehicle operations instructor.”


Caponera earned a degree in public administration from Regis University in Denver. He is a graduate of the 53rd session of the School of Executive Leadership from the Institute of Law Enforcement Administration. Caponera serves on the North Central Texas Council of Governments. He is a member of the career and technical education program at Anna Independent School District. He is a Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dallas mentor and is an active member with the Hurricane Creek Rotary Club.


“He is a certified crisis negotiator, field training officer and supervisor, master peace officer and grant writer,” the Anna release continued. “During his career with the Anna Police Department, Chief Caponera has written applications for several grants, securing over $1M in funding. These grants have provided the necessary funds for the acquisition of personnel and equipment required to meet the demands of a growing and emerging community.”