Monterey Park Appoints Permanent Police Chief

By EGP News Report

The new police chief of Monterey Park is a nearly 20-year veteran of the department. Jim Smith’s appointment as the city’s top cop was ratified unanimously by the City Council on Oct. 5.

Smith began serving as police chief Oct. 1, according to the city manager’s office. He had been serving as interim police chief since September 2009, and served as acting city manager several times in 2010. He joined the Monterey Park police department in 1992, after serving as an explorer scout and reserve officer.

Smith grew up in Rosemead and attended Mark Keppel High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Cal State Los Angeles, and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of La Verne. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.

He and his wife, Margie, have a 15-year-old son.

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October 13, 2011  Copyright © 2012 Eastern Group Publications, Inc.

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