Kathleen Sheehan – Port Hueneme, California’s New Police Chief

The Brass Key | September 8, 2010 | Comments (0)

Bishop Police Chief Kathleen Sheehan has been named the new police chief of Port Hueneme, City Manager David Norman said today.

Sheehan, 51, will become the city’s first female chief when she is sworn in at a City Council meeting Sept. 20, according to a prepared statement.

“Chief Sheehan has that rare combination of big city sophistication and small town sensitivity that can lead our Police Department forward while embracing a citizenry accustomed to having an accessible and involved Police Chief,” Norman said in the statement.

A 25-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department, Sheehan will succeed Police Chief Fernando “Fernie” Estrella, whose retirement was effective Aug. 31.

Estrella has maintained support for public statements made by his wife, Nancy, who said he was forced to retire at a March 8 meeting with Norman. She has asserted that her husband was told to have his letter of retirement in by the end of that day because “they wanted the department to go into a different direction.”

The Port Hueneme Police Chief, whose pay ranges from $116,501 to $151,466, oversees a department of 26 sworn officers and 11 nonsworn personnel, including some part-time workers, according to Norman.

Sheehan was selected from among 56 candidates, according to the city’s statement.

Port Hueneme is a beachside city with a population of about 23,000.

Source: Ventura County Star

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