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Press Release - Captain Richard Bell Appointed as Police Chief

Post Date:07/03/2019

For Immediate Release                Contact: Nikole Bresciani, Assistant City Manager   

July 3, 2019                                                 (626) 939-8401


 Captain Richard Bell Appointed as Police Chief

West Covina, July 3, 2019 –The City of West Covina is pleased to announce the appointment of Richard Bell as the City’s Police Chief.  West Covina has a proud tradition of a great Police Department. The City plans to maintain that reputation going forward.

Chief Bell has over 25 years of law enforcement experience having initiated his career with the Monrovia Police Department in 1995 and having served as a West Covina Police Officer since 1999. He has held the rank of Captain since 2013 and was appointed to serve as Acting Chief in May 2019.

“Richard is the right person for the job as the Police Department continues to face higher demands with limited resources,” said City of West Covina Mayor Lloyd Johnson. “I am extremely proud of the work Richard Bell has done during his tenure in the West Covina Police Department, and I look forward to seeing him lead the Department moving forward.”

“Chief Bell has performed in an exemplary manner as Acting Chief and throughout his career in law enforcement.  He has extensive knowledge about this agency and the community, along with the right experience and training to lead the department into the future,” said Interim City Manager David Carmany. “This is a critical department - day in and day out our officers provide the essential services that define the community’s quality of life.  Chief Bell will provide needed leadership and will help the community define bold new horizons of community service,” said Carmany.

For questions or to learn more about West Covina contact City Hall at (626) 939-8401.

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