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Beverly Hills police captain is new Simi Valley police chief

June 25, 2012 |  9:11 am

Beverly Hills police Capt. Mitch McCann is the new police chief of the city he calls home, Simi Valley.

Simi Valley City Manager Mike Sedell selected the 25-year veteran of law enforcement, best known as the longtime public face of the Beverly Hills Police Department, to succeed police Chief Mike Lewis, who retired in December 2011. 

“I am very grateful to the city of Simi Valley for this opportunity to serve my home community. My wife and our family have lived in Simi Valley for many years, and my children have grown up here and attended our local schools, so this appointment is meaningful to all of us," McCann said. "I am excited to join the Simi Valley Police Department as chief of police and look forward to working with the fine members of the department.”

McCann’s appointment will take effect July 16, 2012; his annual salary will be $196,700.

He will oversee a department with a $28.5-million annual budget and 180 officers and employees.

During his 24 years with Beverly Hills police, McCann, 49, oversaw the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT), patrol, internal affairs, detectives and narcotics units.

In a statement, the city manager explained the appointment.

“Having considered every aspect of the testing and selection process, it is my opinion that McCann possesses the right combination of professional managerial skills and personal attributes to make him an immediate asset to our police department, the city government and the community at large.”


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