Fullerton has a new acting police chief. KABC-TV-7 just reported that effective Jan. 3, Capt. Dan Hughes of the department's patrol division will replace current acting Chief Kevin Hamilton. Both men have been picked to fill the spot vacated by Chief Michael Sellers, who went on medical leave in the aftermath of the Kelly Thomas scandal. Hamilton is said to be preparing to retire.
Fullertonchamber.com explains Hughes is a 28-year veteran of the department who joined FPD in 1983 as a cadet and became an officer in 1985.
No slouches when it comes to public relations, the Chamber offers some choice quotes from Hughes, who says he is looking forward to his new role. “I firmly believe the men and women of the Fullerton Police Department are some of the best law enforcement officers in Southern California,” he says.
In his defense, at least he didn't say the world.
Such an insider's perspective flies in the face of typical sentiments offered up by community members, who frequently use words such as “rogue” and “rotten to the core” to describe the blighted department.
Hughes is reportedly considering the formation of a community advisory committee to the chief aimed at “working on improving community trust and confidence in their police department.”