WALNUT CREEK -- A commander with the Citrus Heights Police Department will be Walnut Creek's next police chief.

The City of Walnut Creek has selected Tom Chaplin, a 23-year law enforcement veteran, to be its next chief of police, City Manager Ken Nordhoff announced Tuesday in a news release.

Chaplin replaces Joel Bryden, who retired last month. he had been Walnut Creek's chief since 2008.

Since 2006 Chaplin has worked for Citrus Heights, serving in roles including lieutenant and as commander for both the patrol services division and the investigative services division. He helped establish that department's juvenile diversion and education program and its youth and family services unit. He has also worked for the state's Department of Justice and with the Sacramento Police Department.

Chaplin's first day is scheduled to be July 8. He will be paid $188,400 per year.



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