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City announces finalist for new police chief 

Manuel "Manny" Guaderrama

Manuel “Manny” Guaderrama is the finalist for the position of Paso Robles Police Chief.

Manuel "Manny" Guaderrama

Manuel “Manny” Guaderrama

Dec. 7, 2012 — Following an extensive recruitment and interview process, involving City Council members, law enforcement professionals, community members, city department heads and police department staff, including line officers and management, Manuel Guaderrama emerged as the number one candidate. The City had received over sixty applications.

Over a span of two full days of interviews, Guaderrama reviewed his background and skills with over 25 individuals. The interviewers recognized the breadth and applicability of his operational and management background for the City of Paso Robles.

The city will now conduct a background check, and conduct a physical. If he passes the tests, the City Council would then confirm him as the new chief. The city is expected to make an announcement in January.

Guaderrama is a Captain with the San Diego Police Department, where he has served for over 29 years. He has experience in the full spectrum of municipal police assignments and distinguished himself as an effective leader. His promotion to Captain in 2008 placed him as the commanding officer for the Southern Division – a Division made up of nine diverse communities including the nation’s busiest border crossing.

Guaderrama has been very involved in residential neighborhoods, attending neighborhood meetings, coordinating with other governmental agencies and leading problem solving initiatives. His command responsibilities have included managing gang suppression teams, homicide investigations, SWAT, community policing and enforcement.

A graduate of San Diego State, Guaderrama is married to Cari, an esthetician who owns her own skin care business, and the father of three sons. His oldest is a West Point graduate currently serving as a Captain in the United States Army, and his youngest is a sophomore at UC Berkeley.

His middle son, an adult who resides and works in San Diego, has garnered media attention lately for charges related to an altercation outside a Pacific Beach bar. This matter has been explored with the San Diego Police Chief who reports Guaderrama had no involvement, and this will be confirmed through the standard peace officer pre-hire background inquiry.

Guaderrama’s colleagues describe him as honest and confident, innovative, a fixer who has developed new programs that solve problems and gets things done. He has a record of integrity and innovative, ethical leadership. City leaders are pleased that Guaderrama can bring that type leadership to Paso Robles. The City expects to complete the standard peace officer pre-employment research over the next few weeks. A starting date has not been determined, but could be early in the New Year.

Source: City of Paso Robles

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