Jaime Bermudez has officially become El Segundo’s police chief, the city government recently announced.
According to a press release, El Segundo’s professional police officer took over the reins at the beginning of the year. Bermudez, a former police captain, has served as acting chief of police since July, when former high-ranking police officer Bill Whalen retired.
As chief, Bermudez will oversee a department budgeted for 81 positions this fiscal year, including 57 jury positions. His salary is $250,000, city manager Scott Mitnick said.
“I am honored and delighted to be elected Chief of Police of the El Segundo Police Department,” Bermudez said in a written statement. “I look forward to strengthening our department’s commitment to service, professionalism and public safety.”
Bermudez first joined the El Segundo Police Department in 1992 and rose from police cadet to captain before being elected as the new chief, the report said. His appointment as chief became indefinite from January 1.
Bermudez is well versed in the department’s operations and focused on meeting the needs of the wider community, the city said in a statement. He has worked on various special assignments in patrolling, training, professional standards and investigations throughout his law enforcement career, the city said.
As captain, Bermudez directed the Bureau of Administrative Services, where he oversaw investigations, public relations, and the police department’s budget.
Bermudez received his bachelor’s degree from UC Long Beach and his master’s degree from Chapman University; he is a proponent of formal education, the city said.
And the chief, who is Hispanic, is also proud of the diversity he brings to the department and law enforcement in general, city officials said.
His professional training includes the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute, the Executive Leadership Institute at Claremont University’s Drucker School of Management, the CA POST Command College, and the USC Public Safety Leadership Program.
“Chief Bermudez has proven himself through years of continuous success,” Mitnick said in a press release. “He deserved this opportunity and he will do a great job of bringing the city council’s public safety vision to the community.”
The New Boss Badge ceremony is scheduled for January 27th.