The city said in a statement Monday that patrol operations Capt. Tony Miranda will be acting police chief until a permanent replacement is appointed.
Miranda is a 22-year veteran of the department and is noted for his community outreach programs, including a parent patrol group for schools, the county's largest Explorer program and neighborhood watch groups.
Former chief Randy Adams was forced out two years ago after revelations that he was earning nearly $500,000 a year. He is now suing the city for severance pay and draws one of the state's highest public pensions at $22,000 a month.