San Marino Police Chief Frank Wills will be the new chief in West Covina, his hometown.
West Covina City Manager Dan Hobbs announced the hiring Thursday, saying the 43-year-old Wills "is one of the top talents in Southern California policing."
Wills, 43, spent 15 years as a Pasadena police officer before being appointed chief in San Marino in 1993. His tenure was noted for programs to reduce gang problems and reduce crime to its lowest level since 1964.
Hobbs said Wills' so-called zero tolerance stance against gangs figured prominently in the appointment. Although West Covina has few problems with gangs, he said, City Hall was determined to hire a police chief who "would keep it that way."