Cameron McLay, MS

Cameron McLay has enjoyed a career of service spanning over 40 years. Most recently, he worked as a Deputy Mayor for the City of Madison in Wisconsin, as well as serving as an advisory consultant on police reform for the Mayor of the City of Seattle in Washington state. He has also served as a Senior Advisor for PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Safe Neighborhood Analytics Initiative, helping to develop analytics to measure the sentiment outcomes of policing efforts for integration into police performance management systems.

He was the Chief of Police for the City of Pittsburgh during the unrest in the aftermath of Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson. As Chief, he earned acclaim for his successes in improving police/community relations by professionalizing police services. During his tenure, he institutionalized data-driven, community-oriented policing; improved relationships between police and their communities and put in place systems of accountability to restore integrity to the leadership systems.

He served for over 29 years with the City of Madison (WI) Police Department, where he retired at the rank of captain. During his career, his command assigned District Commander overseeing Madison’s North Police District, SWAT Team Commander, Patrol District Lieutenant, Shift Commander.

Chief McLay holds a Master’s degree in organizational leadership, with academic focus on human resource performance. Before his tenure in Pittsburgh, he served as a leadership consultant for the International Association of Chiefs of Police, as a certified national instructor for the Leadership in Police Organizations, a system for instituting dispersed ethical leadership in police organizations.