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Hundreds of people including city officials, police officers from Santa Monica and districts closer including Monrovia’s chief Roger Johnson and Sierra Madre Chief Marilyn Diaz, community representatives, friends and family witnessed the new Pasadena Police Chief Phil Sanchez as he was sworn in at a special private ceremony in the courtyard at Pasadena City Hall.
Sanchez was sworn in by a former patrol officer-turned judge.
“My vision for the Pasadena Police Department is simple: to increase its status as a world-class unit and to enhance community relationships,” Sanchez said.
Sanchez, 53, is a Fullerton resident who spent his entire career with the Santa Monica Police Department, rising to the position of deputy chief.
The six month search process that was the subject of criticism from some in the community is all but forgotten. City Manager Michael Beck was accused of being a little too secretive in the selection process.
In his time in Santa Monica, Sanchez worked in different divisions from the SWAT team to internal affairs, and twice won the department’s Medal of Courage.
Photos by Terry Miller