Anaheim set to rent new police chief – Orange County Register

The finalist to be the subsequent chief of police of Anaheim is Rick Armendariz, the present deputy chief who has been with town for nearly 4 years.

The Metropolis Council on Tuesday, July 18, will think about Armendariz’s appointment to develop into the division’s thirty seventh chief. He can be changing the outgoing chief Jorge Cisneros, who will retire in August.

If accepted, Armendariz would take over on Aug. 18. The town employed a agency to assist conduct the search, and it held group conferences and a number of other rounds of interviews. Metropolis Supervisor Jim Vanderpool made his resolution after the three finalists interviewed him, officers mentioned.

Armendariz was first sworn in as a police officer 28 years in the past in Modesto. He spent 24 years with the Modesto Police Division, finally changing into the assistant chief there after having a number of totally different roles. He graduated from Chapman College with a bachelor’s in prison justice and has a grasp’s diploma from Cal State Lengthy Seashore.

Armendariz is about to get a substantial pay bump over his predecessor and would make $310,648 a 12 months, based on the contract the council is contemplating.

On the final council assembly on July 11, councilmembers unanimously accepted elevating the utmost wage for the Anaheim police chief by $28,855 to $317,407. Councilmember Natalie Rubalcava had steered for the police chief to have a better wage since Anaheim is probably the most populous metropolis in Orange County.

He would additionally get severance pay if fired or requested to resign, besides below sure circumstances, akin to being convicted of against the law or any act of dishonesty.

Anaheim’s Police Division has greater than 400 sworn officers and is the most important metropolis police division in Orange County. The council on Tuesday can even think about renewing its hiring bonuses for law enforcement officials, as town expects an uptick in retirements to happen all through the subsequent 12 months.

The town can pay $15,000 for law enforcement officials coming from different departments and $10,000 to newly skilled officers. There are additionally bonuses for army veterans and referrals. The estimated price of the hiring program is $750,000.

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