Search to soon begin for BPD chief’s successor; a number of lieutenants and others could possibly qualify

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Bakersfield Police Chief Lyle Martin

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — With the announcement of Bakersfield Police Chief Lyle Martin’s retirement from the force next month, a search will soon be underway for his successor.

And the process to replace him could itself change from how it’s been done in the past. A new city manager will be in charge of selecting a successor as longtime City Manager Alan Tandy is also retiring. Whoever Tandy’s replacement is could decided to add or change qualifications.

Currently, however, these are the requirements to be eligible for Bakersfield chief of police:

  • Five years with the Bakersfield Police Department, with at least two years at the rank of lieutenant or higher.
  • A bachelor’s degree with completion of the Peace Officer Standards & Training (POST) Command College or the FBI National Academy, or bachelor’s degree in public administration, business or criminal justice.
  • Additional qualifications as may be established by the board.

On Dec. 28, Assistant Police Chief Greg Terry will begin serving as interim chief and would appear to have the inside track to permanently taking over the top position.

The department’s other assistant police chief, Evan Demestihas, remains on administrative leave following his arrest in early September on allegations he assaulted a woman outside the VIP Lounge on California Avenue. It’s unclear whether that case will result in charges and when it will be resolved.

The department has four captains who satisfy the length of service requirement: Joseph Mullins; Jeremy Grimes; Jason Matson; and Michael Hale.

Additionally, there are 11 of 17 lieutenants in the department who fulfill that length of service requirement: Jason Townsend; Melvin Johnson; Joseph Dougherty; Eric Lantz; Bobby Woolard; Martin Heredia; Brent Stratton; Michael Coronado; Clayton Madden; Jeremy Blakemore; and Jeff Burdick.

It’s unclear which of those lieutenants and captains fulfill the degree requirement for the position.

City spokesman Joseph Conroy said a date has not yet been set for when the city will begin accepting applications for the position.

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