According to a statement issued by the city, Raney will become Garden Grove’s 11th chief of police in January.
“It’s an honor for me to serve as police chief for the city and department I have spent my entire working career in,” he said.
Raney’s career began in the city in 1976 as a 19-year-old police cadet. He became an officer in January 1978, was promoted to sergeant in 1986, and to lieutenant in 1991. In 2002, he became a captain and was named deputy chief in 2005.
Raney is credited with starting the department’s Juvenile Justice Center in 1998. He says one of the most interesting periods in his early career was when he patrolled the Buena Clinton area by foot. That was “when Buena Clinton was the complete opposite of what you see today,” he says. The area had a reputation as Orange County’s slum until the city began its redevelopment efforts there.
City Manager Matt Fertal, who appointed Raney, said it is a natural transition for the deputy chief.
“Kevin has literally grown up in the department,” he said. “He has worked his way through the ranks, been a part of the department’s many successes as well as challenges, and come away with the kind of experience, insight and understanding that only a police chief can provide.”
Raney says his priority on the job will be to continue his department’s positive relationship with the community.
Raney’s sons, Bill and John, are police officers as well. Bill Raney is a sergeant with the Irvine Police Department while John Raney is an officer with the Garden Grove Police Department
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