July 9 2004

National City Gets Their Man

Dr. Gonzales Appointed Chief of Police

The City of National City has announced the appointment of their new Chief of Police – Dr. Adolfo Gonzales, effective July 26, 2004.

Currently, the City of San Diego’s Assistant Chief of Police, Chief Gonzales offers National City 26 years of law enforcement experience, a doctorate in Leadership Science, extensive knowledge and management experience, subject matter expertise in neighborhood policing, policy review and development, gang suppression and prevention, emergency disaster management and domestic terrorism, and a long history of working with Mexico on Bi-national border safety issues.

A native of the South Bay (Chula Vista), Chief Gonzales is Bi-Lingual (English & Spanish), culturally diverse and multi-culturally competent, and familiar with the demographics and the National City community.

“I am excited and proud to serve as National City’s Chief of Police. It will be my honor to serve and protect this community,” stated Chief Gonzales. “In law enforcement, as in all aspects of life, a leader is only as good as the people he/she serves. I want to thank the great men and women of San Diego’s Police Department (SDPD), who I worked with for the past 26 years. Now, I look forward to working with the fine men and women of National City’s Police Department (NCPD), as we together create a more positive working relationship with the community, the elected officials, and other City departments.”

Mayor Nick Inzunza says, “Chief Gonzales is a cop’s cop, and at the same time he understands our community because he reflects the community he is going to serve and protect.”

City Manager Chris Zapata says, “Chief Gonzales is intimately aware of the community issues facing National City. He is fully prepared to take on the responsibilities as Chief of Police, and has a five-year plan to enhance police services.”

As National City’s Chief of Police, Chief Gonzales will start at the top-end of the range ($140,268.00). In addition, the City intends to compensate Chief Gonzales for not being able to participate in the City of San Diego’s Deferred Retirement Option Plan (D.R.O.P.) - a plan which allows for a lump sum benefit in addition to ones normal monthly retirement allowance. A payment of $175,000.00 is part of a five-year commitment, which includes a repayment provision should the commitment not be fulfilled.

Chief Gonzales is the City Manager’s third quality executive appointment in just three months of service with National City. To date, he’s hired a Human Resources Director (Alfredo Lopez, with local roots from the City of San Diego) and a Fire Chief from Denver, Colorado.

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