The City Council has voted unanimously to seek a replacement for retiring Police Chief Monte Newman from within the department.
Newman, who has been with the Police Department 26 years, announced his retirement last week, effective Sept. 1.
The vote came after 23 residents told the council that using an executive search firm to recruit a new chief from outside the community would hurt morale on the 23-member force.
The council had planned to pay a consultant $8,000 to recruit a new chief.
"Our officers have very few possibilities of advancement," resident Marian Oshita told the council. "They serve our community well. Please give some good thought to choosing a new police chief from among the existing officers."
Unlike many other bedroom communities that contract with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department for police protection, Palos Verdes Estates has had its own police department since its incorporation in 1939. Residents told the council they are proud of the department and believe there are officers on the force qualified to assume Newman's job.