Phlunte’ Riddle is a well known dynamic pioneer in community engagement, organizational development and media relations.
She recently retired from the Pasadena Police Department after 28+ years of service. During her tenure she held various positions: patrol officer, undercover drug officer, background investigator and detective investigating robberies, sex crimes, and homicides.
She was the first African American female promoted to the rank of lieutenant. As a lieutenant she held assignments as service area commander, community relations, traffic section and special teams. Prior to retirement she served as the Adjutant to the Chief of Police and Public Information Officer for the department.
Phlunte’ has received numerous awards and recognition over her years of service. Some include the John Muir High Alumni Hall of Fame for Government Services; Leadership Pasadena Alumni Community award; NAACP “Shirley Fields” Volunteer award; “Unsung Heroine” of Pasadena, the “Top Ladies of Distinction” award and The Magazines’ “Person of the Year 2012”.
She holds a Bachelor’s degree in public administration from the University of La Verne and a Master’s degree in organizational leadership from Woodbury University. She is also a graduate of California Command College and the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va. She is currently a doctoral student at Phillips Graduate Institute studying to obtain her Ph.D. in Psychology and serves as a professor at the University of Phoenix.
Phlunte’ has been married to Edgar for 34-years, and they are blessed with three adult sons. When asked, how she has accomplished so much, she says “GOD is her foundation and strength”.