Arvin’s new top cop is McFarland police chief


The City of Arvin announced its new police chief Wednesday afternoon, and it’s a familiar name.

Scot Kimble will take the top spot at APD.

He’s currently Chief of McFarland Police.

Kimble will replace Arvin’s current chief, Jerry Breckenridge, who was promoted to be Arvin’s city manager.

There was no immediate word on who would assume the top position in McFarland.

Kimble has nearly 30 years of law enforcement experience, including five as police chief.

During his tenure in McFarland, Chief Kimble demonstrated great success in crime prevention and suppression, community outreach, and employee development,” Breckenridge said Wednesday in making the announcement. 

Kimble has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice administration and is pursuing a master’s degree in public safety leadership and administration. Public Safety Leadership and Administration.

“I have observed Chief Kimble over the past several years and have always been impressed with the way he leads his department,” Breckenridge said in a news release Wednesday. “Scot’s community involvement, his commitment to his employees, the City, and the community is admirable, and I know he is going to be a great addition to the Arvin team.”

Arvin’s Mayor, Jose Gurrola, is eager to get the new chief on-board, the release said. “Scot Kimble brings with him the experience of leading a police department in another small Kern County city with an emphasis on community policing. I look forward to working with Chief Kimble in the near future”.

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