the granddaughter of the title character in the book, The First PoliceWoman; A History of The Salinas Police Department,
Lisa Eisemann had heard stories about her grandmother for many years. Although Mae Eisemann died less than one year before
her birth, Lisa Eisemann kept yellowed newspaper clippings about cases her grandmother worked in the 1940s. From a young age,
Eisemann knew she wanted to follow in her grandmother's footsteps and received a B.A. degree in Criminology and Sociology
before attending graduate school, where she studied Forensic Science.
as a private investigator in 1995, Eisemann became interested in researching the history of the police department, particularly
as it related to her grandmother's position as the first female police officer. Encouraged by the department's interest
in a historical yearbook, she was able to research and write a book not only about Mae Eisemann, but one which included all
the characters of the police department from the time it was authorized in 1903.
Lisa Eisemann is married to now retired homicide detective Joe Gunter, whom she met while investigating a murder for the
defense. Both are experts in crime scene processing and gangs. In addition to The First PoliceWoman; A History
of The Salinas Police Department, Lisa Eisemann is the author of Murder, Salinas Style: Book One.
According to the book description of The First PoliceWoman;
A History of The Salinas Police Department, “dating back to the days
of the Wild West, Salinas has had a violent history. From the late 1890s, when the first night watchmen patrolled the streets
on foot and without training or weapons, to the state-of-the-art department of 2005, the exceptional men and women who framed
the early department are the subjects of many of the legends told in this history.
Mae Eisemann was the first policewoman in Salinas and the first female to have a foot patrol in California. As such, she
forged the way for other females in law enforcement. The rise of a detective division, the many personalities of the different
chiefs, politics and finance are all part of the history of the Salinas Police Department. Most of these stories have never
been told outside the department and with their telling comes a responsibility to the memory of fallen officers, an enlightenment
for those who serve today, and an opportunity for healing for many families.
Filled with both
comedic and tragic episodes, the book details the history not only of the department, but of her officers and non-sworn personnel
through the years. Recounting the many heroic acts of officers, it also tells of personal tragedy and gives a voice to those
who are unable to tell their stories themselves.”