New chief in Cal­i­for­nia City

Walker takes lead­er­ship with po­lice depart­ment

Antelope Valley Press - - FRONT PAGE - VAL­LEY PRESS STAFF RE­PORT

Jon Walker took the oath of of­fice Tues­day as the new po­lice chief of Cal­i­for­nia City.

Walker takes con­trol of the depart­ment fol­low­ing the re­tire­ment of Chief Eric Hur­tado in Oc­to­ber. Tues­day was his sec­ond day on the job, and he was al­ready get­ting to know the of­fi­cers.

“They’re a great bunch of guys and they’re really hard work­ers,” he said. “They’ve been through some dif­fi­cult times and I”m hop­ing I can help with that.”

A Los An­ge­les na­tive, Walker has nearly 30 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence in law en­force­ment, start­ing with the Los An­ge­les Po­lice Depart­ment in 1987.

“I not only wit­nessed his­tory but I was a par­tic­i­pant,” he said. “I saw ev­ery­thing from vis­it­ing pres­i­dents to popes to civil un­rest to cel­e­bra­tions to big tri­als to Hol­ly­wood big wigs. I learned a lot in that time.”

The ex­pe­ri­ences helped him learn about peo­ple, and “the thing about peo­ple is they don’t change. They want to live in a safe place.”

“That want, whether you’re from a big city or a small city, is in­her­ent. It’s in all of us,” he said.

Walker said his goal is to get the best tech­nol­ogy and train­ing for the of­fi­cers and to grow the depart­ment.

“We’re go­ing to do that with in­tegrity and we’re go­ing to be com­pletely, com­pletely trans­par­ent,” he said.

AL­LI­SON GATLIN/VAL­LEY PRESS

City Clerk Denise Hil­liker (right) ad­min­is­ters the oath of of­fice to Cal­i­for­nia’s City new Po­lice Chief Jon Walker on Tues­day.

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