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Simpson named Holtville police chief

January 23, 2001|By DORA DePAOLI, Staff Writer

HOLTVILLE — The City Council here on Monday unanimously voted to hire Sgt. Charlie Simpson, a 12-year veteran of the city's Police Department, to serve as police chief.

Simpson, 49, and Sgt. Ralph Muñoz have shared interim police chief duties since Aug. 15.

Simpson, whose grandfather, Hugh Simpson, served with the Holtville Police Department in the 1940s, will earn $39,600 as police chief.

Friends and relatives attended the meeting to applaud Simpson's selection.

Born and raised in Holtville, Simpson attended Imperial Valley College after graduating from Holtville High School.

Following his IVC graduation he worked at the Mayfair Market in El Centro for 17 years while serving as a reserve officer with the El Centro Police Department. When Mayfair closed its doors he applied for a full-time position with the Holtville Police Department.

Simpson said his first duty as chief will be to hire an additional patrol officer.

He said he and Muñoz have worked together to maintain the department as the council searched for a chief.


"As far as the police department is concerned, we try to work for the people and with the people," Simpson said. "I know most of the people who live here."

Simpson said former police chief and Holtville City Manager John Jordan, along with former chiefs Bob Weaver and Pete Henthorne would be "sources of information" for him in his new position.

Jordan, who was hired as the city manager after serving as police chief, said, "I worked with Charlie. He will be a good chief."

Mayor Victor Gillespie said he was glad to have Simpson as the chief.

"I look forward to working with him," Gillespie said. "He has been a good officer."

Simpson was scheduled to be sworn in at City Hall this morning.

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