Acting Police Chief Tom Schwedhelm has been appointed Santa Rosa’s new chief of police, City Manager Jeff Kolin announced today. Schwedhelm has been a police officer in Santa Rosa for 26 years. He reached the rank of captain in 2004 and was appointed acting police chief on March 12. Kolin said Santa Rosa conducted a nationwide search for a new police chief. Seven finalists participated in oral interviews in April and Kolin interviewed the top four candidates. “Tom brings to the job a wealth of knowledge about our community and our Police Department,” Kolin said. Schwedhelm replaces Acting Police Chief Tom Simms who signed a one-year contract with the city that was to expire in August. Simms, who took over the top police post after Chief Ed Flint resigned in July, stepped down in March when he learned he had heart disease. Schwedhelm was serving as acting police chief since March. His appointment as police chief becomes effective May 3.
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