[Update] City Council confirms new Glendale police chief

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From the Glendale News-Press:

[DEVELOPING] CITY HALL — The Glendale City Council tonight announced Ron De Pompa as the city’s new police chief, roughly six months after his predecessor left to head up the Bell Police Department.

Ron De Pompa

As the assistant police chief, De Pompa stepped in as interim chief, and has since overseen a major restructuring of the Glendale Police Department, including a new area command system and steep budget cuts.

City Manager Jim Starbird, in a statement announcing the decision, cited De Pompa’s success in handling the changes as “deciding factors.”

“We couldn’t ask for a better person to head our Police Department,” Starbird said.

UPDATE: Councilman Dave Weaver, speaking to De Pompa at the council meeting tonight, said the new chief “had the gray hair for the position, and now you got the position.”

Councilman Ara Najarian said De Pompa was practically a shoo-in from the outset, while others on the council praised his management skills.

Developing story here.

Written by Jason Wells

December 8, 2009 at 6:15 pm

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