Command Staff

Chief Luis Soler was appointed Chief of Police for the City of Woodland on June 12, 2017.Prior to this, he served over four years as the Chief of Police for the City of Crowley, Texas, a first ring suburb of Fort Worth, where he also served as a Lieutenant prior to his appointment as Chief.

Prior to Crowley, Chief Soler served for over a decade with the Austin Texas Police Department, where he served as a police officer, senior police officer, field training officer, adjunct instructor, police corporal/ detective, and acting Sergeant. A native of Puerto Rico, Chief Soler has vast experience working in diverse communities, and has a strong conviction toward the community policing philosophy.

Chief Soler is a 2011 recipient of the FBI LEEDA’s Leadership Trilogy Award, and he currently serves as a national instructor for them, teaching executive, managerial, and supervisory level leadership and policing best practices classes to law enforcement leaders across the nation.

Captain Derrek Kaff joined the Woodland Police Department as a patrol officer on July 17, 2000. He was appointed to the position of Corporal in August of 2002 and was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in August of 2003 in the Patrol Division. He has also served as the Professional Standards Division Sergeant, assistant team leader of the SWAT team, Bike Patrol Sergeant and as a Lieutenant, he served as the SWAT Team's Tactical Commander. He is an instructor with the Department in a variety of training areas.

Captain Kaff received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from Arizona State University. He has also graduated from the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute in March 2005, California Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Command College in 2014 and California POST Executive Development Course in 2015. 
            Lieutenant Anthony Cucchi joined the Woodland Police Department as a patrol officer on June 24, 1998, one week after graduating from the Sacramento Public Safety Center Basic Police Academy.  Lt. Cucchi has had assignments in Patrol; as a School Resource Officer; Bike Patrol and as assistant team leader on the SWAT team from 2001-2009.  He has been awarded with the 10851 pin and the Distinguished Unit Award with SWAT.  He was appointed to Corporal in January 2006 and promoted to Sergeant in July 2006.  Lt. Cucchi received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Organizational Leadership at St. Mary's College in Moraga. 

Lt. Cucchi is currently assigned to the Patrol Bureau.  He has also served in the United States Army with assignments in Ft. McClellan in Alabama; Desert Storm in Saudi Arabia; Giessen, Germany; Ft. Hamilton, Brooklyn, NY; Bosnia and Ft. Hood, TX.   He was honorably discharged in March 1997.

Lt. Heath Parsons began his law enforcement career with the Albuquerque Police Department from 1999-2002.  After relocating to California with his family, he attended and completed a P.O.S.T. requalification Basic Course at the Yuba College Police Academy in Marysville and was then hired by the Woodland Police Department in April 2003.   In January 2005, he was chosen to be the DUI Enforcement Officer for the department as designated by grant funding from the Office of Traffic Safety.  He was a member of the department’s SWAT team for many years and in charge of the bike patrol team.  Heath was promoted to Sergeant in September 2006 and was assigned as the Sergeant in command of the Yolo County Gang Task Force in January 2011.  

Lt. Parsons graduated from the University of New Mexico in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry.  He is currently assigned to the Patrol Division.   
Lt. Aaron Delao joined the Woodland Police Department in 1998 as a patrol officer. He worked as a patrol officer until 2003 when he joined the Woodland Police Department Gang Violence Suppression Unit (GVSU). Lt. Delao worked as a detective for the GVSU until 2008. In July of 2010 he was appointed to the position of Corporal and in August he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. In 2015, Lt. Delao served as the Sergeant in command of the Yolo County Gang Task Force until his promotion to the rank of Lieutenant in 2016. Lt. Delao was a member of the department's SWAT team for 10 years. He has also served as a Field Training Officer and use of force instructor. Lt. Delao graduated from California State University in Sacramento in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History with a minor in Cultural Anthropology. In 2015 he graduated from Brandman University in Irvine, CA. with a Master of Arts degree in Organizational Leadership and a Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Development. Lt. Delao is currently assigned to the Investigation Division.
Mrs. Elle Murphy
joined the Woodland Police Department as the management analyst responsible for the department budget including grants and supervision of I.T. staff and projects.  During the recession, Elle was assigned management of the facility and training arrangements for all staff.  Elle served as the interim manager for the Recreation Department under the Police Chief for fiscal year 2010-11.  For the next 7 fiscal years, Elle then served as the management analyst for the Fire Department under the Public Safety Chief and supervised the Fire Administrative Clerk.  In December 2013 Elle advanced to the Senior Management Analyst title.  In 2015 Elle was given responsibility over the Records Division, Crime Prevention, Volunteers in Policing, and the burglar alarm permit program.  Elle graduated from UC Davis with a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences degree in Comparative Literature and Biological Sciences in 1994.

Elle currently oversees the Support Services Bureau which includes the Record Division, Property and Evidence unit, facility management, budget and grant management and the alarm permit program.


Mrs. Trista Kennedy originally joined the Woodland Police Department in 2006 as a patrol officer. She worked on patrol from 2006 until 2012. She was a Field Training Officer from 2008 until 2012. Trista resigned from her position in 2012 to stay home with her children. She returned in late 2014 as a Volunteer in Policing (ViP). In 2015, Trista was contracted as the department’s Social Media Coordinator and assisted in launching their account. In December 2015, Trista was hired as the Volunteer Coordinator and was responsible for overseeing and working with 50+ volunteers. In February 2017, she was promoted to the Executive Assistant to the Chief of Police. 

Trista has helped to create several programs for the City of Woodland to include the Special Needs Alert Program (SNAP), The Woodland Police and Fire Pipes and Drums Band, The Safe Exchange Zone and the Youth Public Safety Academy.