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Simi Valley announces new police chief

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June 26, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
Simi Valley City Manager Mike Sedell announced the appointment of a new police chief Sunday. The previous chief of police, Mike Lewis, retired in December 2011.

Mitch McCann will become Simi Valley police chief on July 16, 2012.

McCann has spent the last 24 of his 25 years of law enforcement experience in the Beverly Hills Police Department, where he is currently captain of the Field Services Division.

At the Beverly Hills Police Dept., McCann commanded a variety of assignments, including SWAT, Patrol, the Professional Standards Unit, Detective Bureau, Crime Prevention Bureau, Intelligence and Narcotics Units, according to the Simi Valley announcement Sunday. McCann also served as the police chief's executive officer with responsibility for media relations, legal affairs, and employee conduct.

Upon accepting the appointment, McCann, a. Simi Valley resident, commented, "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."

The police department has an annual operating budget of $28.5 million and is staffed by 180 sworn and civilian employees, according to the city.

McCann's annual salary will be $196,700.