Incoming Delano police chief Robert Nevarez to be sworn in Monday


Incoming Delano police chief Robert Nevarez will be sworn in Monday, according to officials. 

Nevarez is set to replace former Chief Mark Derosia who was fired in November for an undisclosed reason. 

Since Derosia’s termination, members of the department have been serving as Active Chiefs for 30-day intervals. 

As of Monday’s ceremony, Nevarez will put an end to that cycle. 

Nevarez has been working in law enforcement since 1986, serving in management and as a patrol officer, narcotics detective, and SWAT team positions his career with the Fresno Police Department, according to Delano City Manager Maribel Reyna. 

In 1999, he was promoted to Lieutenant, and promoted again in 2000 to Captain. 

For the past 15 years, Nevarez has served as a Deputy Chief in Fresno, and served as Acting Chief of Police multiple times, Reyna said. 

Despite multiple requests by 17 News for details, neither Reyna nor the Delano Police Department would elaborate on the previous Delano chief’s termination, with officials only saying Derosia was fired due to a human resources issue. 

Nevarez is scheduled to be sworn in Monday at 9 a.m. 

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