Edward Chavez is an American politician. Chavez has been the mayor of Stockton, California since January 2005. Chavez was the Chief of Police in Stockton prior to becoming mayor. Chavez received his bachelor's degree in criminal justice from California State University, Sacramento in 1972. As mayor he is a member of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns Coalition, an organization formed in 2006 and co-chaired by New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg and Boston mayor Thomas Menino.