FREMONT -- Richard Lucero was appointed Fremont's chief of police on Monday.

Lucero, a 26-year veteran of Fremont police, had been serving as interim chief since Dec. 31, when longtime Chief Craig Steckler retired. Lucero will oversee 286 full-time employees, including 185 sworn officers.

Lucero has spent his entire law enforcement career in Fremont, where he has worked with several units, including SWAT, narcotics, street crimes and internal affairs.

He has served as commander of Fremont police's two major departments: the Patrol Division and the Special Operations and Investigations Division.

"Rich has worked his way up through the ranks ... and has demonstrated his keen leadership skills while serving the Fremont community," City Manager Fred Diaz said in a statement. "He is sincere, intelligent, and approachable and will serve ... with dedication and skill."

Lucero is a graduate of San Jose State University and Santa Clara University School of Law, and is a member of the State Bar of California. He is a volunteer with Officers Give Hope, a nonprofit organization that encourages officers to join the National Marrow Donor Registry. He also is first vice president of the California Peace Officers' Association.

Contact Chris De Benedetti at 510-353-7011. Follow him at Twitter.com/cdebenedetti.



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