Chico PD restructuring

City Council adding second deputy chief

At a special meeting Tuesday (Dec. 10), the Chico City Council voted unanimously to add a second deputy chief of police position and to reorganize the department’s structure, per a request from Chief Mike O’Brien. There will be a deputy chief of operations (patrol shifts) and a deputy chief of support (criminal investigations and dispatch).

Two other positions—for an officer and support operations manager—will be eliminated, saving the department approximately $35,000. This will go toward promoting an information systems analyst position to a senior analyst position, focused on public safety technology needs for police and fire.

In a staff report, O’Brien wrote that the need for these positions “has become paramount due to the unplanned impacts related to the Camp Fire.”