Lompoc’s police department is looking forward to a change in leadership and today it’s official.
Lompoc Police Chief Joseph Mariani was sworn in at today’s city council meeting.
Mariani spent 34 years with the LAPD, where he worked various roles including patrol officer, detective and captain. He came out of retirement four years ago to work in Lompoc.
Since joining the force, Mariani has worked as operations division commander and support services commander.
Mariani is taking over for former police chief Pat Walsh, who has led the force since September 2014.
“I was fortunate to serve under Chief Walsh, and to benefit from his leadership and compassion,” Mariani said. “It is my hope and desire to continue to serve our community, and to work in collaboration with all who live, work and visit our great city.”
Mariani is also making history as the city’s first Hispanic and bilingual police chief.