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Jason Salazar appointed Police Chief

“Jason has demonstrated his ability to work effectively with city staff and key stakeholders in the community,” said City Manager Mike Olmos. “He has strong leadership qualities, an approachable yet professional demeanor, and has a clear vision for the future of the organization. Appointing Jason will provide a smooth transition for the organization, the community, and the employees.”

“I am both honored and excited for the opportunity to lead the men and women of the Visalia Police Department, to work closely with other City department heads, and to serve the community of Visalia as the next Chief of Police,” said Salazar of his selection. “I am grateful to City Manager Mike Olmos and to the City Council for their support and look forward to continuing and building upon a tradition of service and excellence at the Visalia Police Department.”

As the Police Chief, Salazar will oversee a department with staff of 218 sworn and civilian employees and an operating budget of $32 million. Salazar’s annual salary will be $135,150.

Jason began his law enforcement career with the City of Visalia Police Department in 1993 and has held the positions of Community Services Officer, Police Officer, Police Agent, Police Sergeant, Police Lieutenant, and Police Captain. He has experience overseeing a number of departmental divisions and functions including patrol, SWAT, gang suppression, narcotics unit, investigations, communications and records, and has worked on a number of critical projects. Jason has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Organizational Leadership.

“I am very impressed with Jason’s experience and his leadership abilities,” said Olmos. “He’s bright, creative and committed to the department, organization and the community. He’s an excellent fit for this position and I am confident he is going to do an outstanding job as Police Chief and be the leader the Department needs to move forward in the years to come.”

Salazar was chosen after a thorough multi-phase promotional recruitment process that included participation of community members and professional managers.


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