Magny Leadership

Magny Leadership is a consulting company focused on helping police organizations increase the retention rate of their officers. Magny Leadership emphasizes collaboration with clients and works closely with management and employees.

Magny Leadership can help police organizations unfasten the barriers and achieve the goal of having a motivated and productive workforce. Magny Leadership always takes a sensible, innovative, and evidence-based approach to help police chiefs increase the retention rate of their police officers.

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Meet our Founder, Dr. Obed Magny

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Career highlights:

  • Ed.D., Organizational Leadership, 2012, University of La Verne
  • M.S., Criminal Justice, 2009, California State University, Long Beach
  • B.A., Criminal Justice & Sociology, 2004, University of Massachusetts, Boston
  • 2005 – 2021 Police Officer, Sacramento Police Department (CA)
  • 2012 – Present Chief Executive Officer, Magny Leadership
  • 2013 – Present Adjunct Professor, UMass Global
  • 2017 – Present Co-Founder and Executive Board Member, American Society of Evidence-Based Policing
  • 2017 – Present Board Member, African-American Employee Leadership Council
  • 2017 – Present Policing Fellow, The National Policing Foundation
  • 2017 – 2019 LEADS Scholar, The National Institute of Justice
  • 2021 – Present Adjunct Professor, The University of Cincinnati (OH)

Dr. Magny has always described himself as a “people person” and never imagined that he’d start a management consulting brand when he started his career in policing almost 20 years ago. He worked for several years in various units, including patrol, school resource officer, and professional standards unit. During his time as a doctoral student, his research was a decade ahead of his time. Obed discovered that the lack of emotional intelligence training in policing was desperately needed, especially with job satisfaction with officers. He wrote his dissertation on what motivates police officers to come to work every day. This would lead him to quickly become a subject matter expert in what works regarding employee engagement and mitigating retention.

Obed has written articles and has spoken on countless panels around the country addressing issues related to emotional intelligence, retention, and job satisfaction. Today, the crisis of short staffing has affected many police organizations from coast to coast. This was a wake-up call for Obed, and it made him look critically at how he could solve the retention crisis plaguing public safety agencies across the country. Obed left policing as a police officer and started his consulting company to help police organizations retain and effectively recruit officers. Obed dreamed of creating a brand that cared about public safety and the wellness of our first responders.

…a subject matter expert in what works regarding employee engagement and mitigating retention.

He’s always believed that leaders in policing could and should strive for effective strategies to engage their employees. Using evidence-based strategies was one of his signature ways of showing up as he navigated the tricky terrain of advancing soft skills training in a profession not known for embracing this type of training. He often characterizes his engaging training style as his superpower that boosted his confidence throughout his career journey of battling those who saw no value in the innovative approach not seen in policing.

As he branched out and collaborated with researchers and other prominent leaders in policing, Obed achieved a considerable amount of success. He’s one of the founding members of the American Society of Evidence-Based Policing, a non-profit organization driving the national conversation toward ensuring that the least harmful, most effective, fairest, and safest strategies are employed to prevent crime, reduce harm, and improve community wellness.

Dr. Magny co-founded The 54th Mile Policing Project, a non-profit organization creating resources for police agencies to build bridges with their communities to improve community-police relationships in the 21st Century. The 54th Mile Policing Project follows a powerful 17-minute documentary film where he and two other police chiefs document their retracing of the steps of the historic 54-mile civil rights walk from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. He’s an alum of the National Institute of Justice LEADS Scholar Program and a Policing Fellow of the National Policing Institute.

Obed often says that Magny Leadership is the solution to the police organization’s dilemma of increasing employee engagement and retention. A mission-driven business that masquerades as a management consultant company, and we think it’s the perfect way to describe the brand.


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Just acknowledging the issue was a great thing! I appreciate that so much of this goes on in traditional policing roles and departments, but it also happens in the private and non-profit sectors where sadly so many in leadership have no apparent understanding of policing and the inherent issues.

~ Valerie

End Officer Retention Problems Now!