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December 11, 1997
After nearly 10 years at the helm, Palos Verdes Estates Police Chief Gary E. Johansen has announced that he will retire next April. Johansen, 54, whose tenure has been marked by a low crime rate in the city of 14,000, said he plans to move to Bend, Ore., where he hopes to teach at a junior college. "I want to do something that doesn't take 50 or 60 hours a week and doesn't have the stress," Johansen, a former high school instructor, said Wednesday.
September 25, 1992
After a five-month search, a campus police lieutenant from UCLA has been appointed chief of campus police at UC Irvine, university officials announced Thursday. Kathleen Stanley will take over the post Oct. 1, filling a spot vacated in April by former chief Michael P. Michell, who was assigned to the newly created post of emergency preparedness director for the university. Stanley will have an annual salary of $75,000, university spokeswoman Karen Newell Young said.
September 21, 1996 | THAO HUA
Police Chief W. Douglas Franks was placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation, apparently into his absence from the department to attend the birth of his grandson, Franks' attorney said Friday. City officials apparently are investigating the chief's absence in August, when he took time off to visit family members in the Northeast, his attorney, Donald Petrich said. "Chief Franks' daughter had to have a Caesarean section, and naturally, there are risks involved," Petrich said.
February 12, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
The police chief of Mexico's Coahuila state, Gaspar Ramos, was shot in the neck and left arm and shoulder while eating tacos at an all-night restaurant, the state attorney general's office said. Ramos was in serious condition at a hospital. Police were searching for his attacker, identified by Mexican news media as the son of a local nightclub owner who had been arguing with the police chief at the restaurant.
March 1, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
Gov. Christine Todd Whitman fired the head of the New Jersey State Police after he said in a newspaper interview that minority groups were more likely to be involved in drug trafficking. Whitman said State Police Supt. Col. Carl Williams' comments "are inconsistent with our efforts to enhance public confidence in the State Police." In an interview with the Star-Ledger of Newark, Williams said he did not condone racial profiling, but said it is naive to think race is not an issue in drug crimes.
February 25, 1997
Lt. Alex Perez, who has worked with the Inglewood Police Department for 13 years, will become the department's interim police chief March 1 while a search for a new police chief is begun. Perez, 43, will step in a day after Police Chief Oliver Thompson retires Feb. 28 after heading the department for the last five years. City Manager Paul Eckles said he will ask the City Council at tonight's meeting to sign a contract with an executive recruiter to help with hiring a new police chief.
December 11, 2008 | Ruben Vives, Vives is a Times staff writer.
For Pomona Police Chief Joe Romero, 2011 was going to be a significant year. His department would celebrate its 100th anniversary, and he would announce his retirement. But Tuesday morning, all of that changed when he met with City Manager Linda Lowry, who told him that his services would no longer be needed. Lowry could not comment further on Romero's dismissal, because he was still an at-will employee, making it a "personnel matter," said Mark Gluba, assistant to the city manager.
October 4, 2009 | Associated Press
A store clerk's curiosity about why Najibullah Zazi was buying large quantities of beauty products was an example of the kind of citizen vigilance that can help combat terrorism, law enforcement officials said Saturday. Los Angeles Police Department Cmdr. Joan McNamara cited the recent case as police chiefs meeting in Denver adopted a model for a nationwide community watch program that teaches people to identify suspicious behavior and encourages them to report it. Federal authorities allege that Zazi, 24, bought beauty supplies from Denver-area stores in order to make explosives.
May 16, 1991 | Associated Press
Police chiefs from 20 European capitals on Wednesday asked for tougher measures to protect people at airports from terrorist attacks. Athens Police Chief Simonas Papadogiorgas said discussions also centered on controlling violence at sports events and safeguarding art and antiquities in Europe.
January 14, 1997 | JENNIFER LEUER
Three local police chiefs will host their annual community forum on safety tonight at Walker Junior High School in La Palma. Buena Park Police Chief Richard M. Tefank, Cypress Police Chief Daryl Wicker and La Palma Police Chief David S. Barr will field questions on community safety at the "Three Police Chiefs Night," which usually lasts about one hour. "We all do this since all of us have young people in our communities who go to Walker Junior High and [John F.] Kennedy High," Barr said.
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