Longtime Brookings resident and police officer Chris Wallace has been named Brookings new police chief.
Wallace, who graduated from Brookings-Harbor High School in 1987 and has been with the police department since 1995, was named to the position on Monday by City Manager Leroy Blodgett.
I am honored and proud to announce Chris Wallace as our new police chief. It was an excellent choice, Blodgett said.
Wallace was sworn into office at city hall Monday by Curry County Sheriff Kent Owens, who, as Brookings Police Chief in 1995, hired Wallace.
I hired this young man in 1995. I recognized his leadership potential then and hired him for it, Owens said.
Owens then handed the collar brass he had worn as police chief to Wallace to wear. The gesture is considered a high honor among military officers.
Wallace thanked Owens and city officials, saying, I am very humbled to be taking this position. I look forward to serving the city of Brookings for many years to come.
As chief, Wallace will be paid approximately $54,700 a year, Blodgett said.
After graduating high school, Wallace spent three years in the United States Marine Corp. He completed his California Police Officer Standards and Training in 1992 and immediately began his professional law enforcement career with the Curry County Sheriffs Office as a criminal deputy.
He began working for the Brookings Police Department as a patrol officer in 1995 and in 1998 was appointed interim police sergeant and later full-time sergeant that same year.
Wallace was named interim chief of police in March following the resignation of Ken Lewis in February. Wallace applied for the police chief job, along with six other candidates, most of them from out of the area, Blodgett said.
The candidates were reviewed by a selection committee consisting of Blodgett, Owens, Mayor Bob Hagbom and Brookings-Harbor School District Superintendent Paul Prevenas
Blodgett said there were a number of factors that led to Wallace being selected.
We have watched him over the last few months as interim chief and he has done a good job, Blodgett said.
He is well liked by the community and is liked and respected by his fellow officers, he added. He has the experience necessary to do the job, plus hes grown up here in Brookings hes familiar with the area.
Before serving as chief, Wallace was assigned as a patrol sergeant and K-9 handler for Hojee, the departments drug-sniffing canine. He is married with two daughters.
The well-liked officer says he loves to spend time with his family and enjoys hunting, fishing and spending time with his K-9 partner.