Former police chief Adolf Sgambelluri dies

Adolf P.. Sgambelluri

Former Guam Police Department Chief Adolf Sgambelluri has died.

This was confirmed to PNC by Sgambelluri’s wife Rosie.

Sgambelluri was one of the highest-ranking Chamorros in the U.S. Marine Corps, having reached the rank of colonel.

He was also a long-standing public servant, having served as GPD Chief and Department of Corrections director.

He was also the vice president of the Guam Community College where he developed the curriculum for the basic law enforcement academy for the college.

He was also an entrepreneur who created his own security agency and served as CEO of Guam Investigations Agency Inc.

Sgambelluri was appointed U.S. Federal Security Director for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and assigned to Guam International Airport in July 2002. He brings over 25 years of security and law enforcement experience to the position.

Upon graduating from Washington State University in 1960, Sgambelluri was commissioned in the U.S. Marine Corps.

He completed his MBA at Pepperdine University in 1975 and completed numerous national levels of law enforcement training including Military Intelligence School (1964), FBI National Academy in Quantico (1972), Virginia, and the National Intelligence Academy for Law Enforcement.

He is a recipient of the “Outstanding Executive Manager Award” for American Law Enforcement Professionals and the “Police Distinguished Service Medal.”

Appointed as the Director of Law Enforcement (DLE), Sgambelluri became the “Top Cop” and had administrative control of the entire Law Enforcement and Corrections Program, U.S. Marine Corps, worldwide.

A decorated combat veteran, Sgambelluri retired as DLE for U.S. Marine Corps and returned to Guam in 1980 after 26 years of military service.

He received the Bronze Star Medal with “V” device for Valor and the Legion of Merit Medal for outstanding leadership as the DLE.

He subsequently served as Vice President, Guam Community College (GCC), Director, Department of Corrections (DOC), and the Chief of Police, Guam Police Department (GPD).

During his active duty tenure with the U.S. Marine Corps he was assigned and performed as an UCMJ Article #32 and JAG Investigator, including a stint as Officer In-Charge of the Criminal Investigation Division (CID) at a large Marine Corps Base (CamPen).

Funeral arrangements will be announced at a later date.