Delano swears in new police chief

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The City of Delano has a new police chief, months after its previous chief was abruptly fired with no explanation.

“I believe that I’ve been rehearsing for this job my entire life,” said Chief Robert Nevarez who was sworn in Monday morning.

Nevarez, a 30 year veteran of the Fresno Police Department was pinned as city and county leaders watched and applauded.

Nevarez was introduced by his former chief and mentor, Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer. 

Nevarez’s priorities?

“I believe that one of the first things we need to establish between the community and the police department is an element of trust. We’ve seen across the country where agencies do not have that trust and unfortunately that doesn’t result in good things,” said Nevarez.

According to the Department of Justice, Delano has a violent crime rate of 411 per 100,000 people 

A steep decline from 30 years ago, but still above the state average. 

Neighboring police forces were optimistic about the new chief. 

Nevarez says he will wait to make any changes to the department.

Meanwhile it is still a mystery as to why the former police chief Mark DeRosia was terminated unexpectedly last November. 

Despite multiple requests by 17 News for details, neither the city manager nor the Delano Police Department would elaborate on DeRosia’s termination, saying it was a human resources issue.

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