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Allan Hancock College swears in new police chief

Posted at 11:00 AM, Nov 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-05 21:17:55-05

Allan Hancock College has a new chief of police.

Cathy Farley was sworn in Monday after being appointed to the position unanimously in September by the Allan Hancock College Board of Trustees. She takes over for former chief Paul Grohowski, who resigned.

Dozens of law enforcement officials from across the Central and South coasts attended the ceremony, which took place at Hancock’s Santa Maria campus.

Dozens of law enforcement officials from across the Central and South coasts attended Monday's swearing-in ceremony for Hancock's new police chief. (Photo: AHC)
Dozens of law enforcement officials from across the Central and South coasts attended Monday’s swearing-in ceremony for Hancock’s new police chief. (Photo: AHC)

“We are thrilled to welcome Catherine Farley to Allan Hancock College,” said Allan Hancock College Superintendent/President Kevin G. Walthers, Ph.D., in a press release. “Ms. Farley brings a wealth of experience working in a campus setting and with college students. Her leadership will enhance our ability to provide a safe and secure learning environment for the thousands of students, faculty, and staff that the college serves daily.”

Cathy Farley was sworn in Monday as Allan Hancock College's new chief of police. (KSBY photo)
Cathy Farley was sworn in Monday as Allan Hancock College’s new chief of police. (KSBY photo)

Before coming to Hancock, Farley, who has 31 years of law enforcement experience, served as the UC Santa Barbara Police Department’s assistant chief.

The college says all three of her children have attended Hancock.

Farley is a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia and also has a bachelor of arts in psychology from UCSB.