DOWNEY - Carl Charles will be sworn in as police chief Dec. 6 at 10 a.m. in the council chambers.Charles, a 22-year veteran of the Downey Police Department, is replacing Rick Esteves, who announced his retirement two weeks ago. "Our city is fortunate to have such exceptional men and women serving in our police department, and Mr. Charles is a clear reflection of what the department represents, which is community and commitment," said city manager Gilbert Livas. Charles was hired as a police officer in Downey in 1990 and quickly moved up the ranks, earning promotions to sergeant, lieutenant and captain. He's worked in all three police department divisions, which include administration, field operations and the detective bureau. "Mr. Charles's exemplary commitment and dedication to the Downey community is reflected in his many years of service to our city," Mayor Roger Brossmer said in a statement. "We are confident that Captain Charles will continue to lead our fine police department with the highest regard and integrity." Born and raised in Inglewood, Charles holds a bachelor's degree in sociology from Cal State Northridge and a master's in public administration from USC. He is married and has two children.
********** Published: November 8, 2012 - Volume 11 - Issue 30