Norman A. Traub & Associates LLC
Workplace Investigations
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Chuck Thomas

California Licensed Private Investigators and Attorneys



Private Investigator License 27653 

Chuck Thomas is an investigator for Norman A. Traub Associates, an organization specializing in investigations involving sexual harassment, employee dishonesty, excessive force complaints, hostile work environment, executive background investigations and other acts of misconduct and training and governmental ethics. Investigator Thomas primary focuses on governmental entities: Cities, Counties, Special Districts, Colleges and School Districts.

Government experience

In 2016, Investigator Thomas served for nine months as the Interim Administrative Services Division Manager for the Huntington Beach, California, Police Department. In 2014, Investigator Thomas was the Interim Deputy Chief of Police for the Westminster, California, Police Department, where he led the efforts to refine the Department’s administrative practices and procedures.

Investigator Thomas retired from the Huntington Beach Police Department in January 2012 after 31 years of law enforcement experience. He had experience in commanding all major divisions of the Police Department and served as a Patrol Officer, Detective, Sergeant, Lieutenant and Captain. As Captain for nearly 10 years, he commanded the Investigation, Uniform, Administrative Services and Administration Divisions. As Administration Division Commander, his responsibilities included the management of the Professional Standards Unit (internal affairs). He has personally investigated and/or supervised hundreds of personnel investigations. Investigator Thomas also served as the City of Huntington Beach Acting Deputy City Administrator for one year, where part of his responsibilities was the management of the Human Resources Department.


  • Bachelor of Arts Degree in Management, Redlands University

  • Graduate of the FBI National Academy, the California POST Command College, the IACP’s "Leadership in Police Organizations," Josephson Institute of Ethics’ "Ethics and Law Enforcement and Police Administration"

  • Over 1000 hours of specialized training


Investigator Thomas has expertise in personnel management and leadership and ethics training. At a Southern California community college, he assisted in the development of a research and resource institute for leadership and ethics that is designed for public and private agencies. He is a member of the FBI National Academy Associates and the California Peace Officers’ Association. He previously taught Managing Internal Affairs Issues for the Post Management Course.