Chief Clemente Rodriguez has over 20 years of police experience, including more than 16 years of experience in progressive supervision. Chief Rodriguez began his law enforcement career at Rice University in 2001 as a patrol officer. Chief Rodriguez was promoted to Police Sergeant in 2003 where he oversaw tours in patrol and training. In 2011, Chief Rodriguez was promoted to Police Captain. During his tenure as Police Captain, Chief Rodriguez was instrumental in developing department policies and procedures, managing all Clery Compliance for the department, as well as overseeing Patrol Operations, Support Operations, Training, and Special Events, Rice Emergency Medical Services, and Open Records. He was promoted to Chief of Police/Director of Public Safety for the Rice University Police Department on January 16, 2020.
Chief Rodriguez holds a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Houston Downtown and a Master's Degree in Criminal Justice Leadership and Management from Sam Houston State University. Chief Rodriguez was appointed Secretary for the Houston Area Chiefs of Police Board in March of 2021.