CALEXICO — Maximizing the resources of the Police Department here will be one of the challenges facing Cmdr. Mario Sanchez after he is sworn in as the city's police chief.
Sanchez will be sworn in at 2 p.m. Friday. He will sign a two-year contract.
The department he takes control of Friday is short on officers and its pay rate is lower than in most parts of the state.
At a press conference Wednesday, Sanchez mapped out the tack he would take as he works to address the department's personnel issues.
The former police chief, Tommy Tunson, said the reason Calexico had a hard time retaining officers was low pay.
During Tunson's two-plus years as chief, the department was ravaged by personnel losses. Some officers left for higher wages and others were let go for disciplinary reasons.