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Robert Jonsen Named New Menlo Park Chief of Police

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A 26-year-veteran of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has been named Menlo Park’s new police chief, city officials announced today. Robert Jonsen will succeed Interim Chief Lee Violett when he is formally appointed to his position in mid-February, City Manager Alex McIntyre said. Jonsen, who has most recently worked as the captain of the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station, said he is humbled to be selected for the post.

“There are no words to express my excitement returning to the Bay Area after working and living in Los Angeles for more than 30 years,” Jonsen said. “Menlo Park Police Department is known for their commitment to serving this community and I consider myself honored to become part of this team.”

The new chief said he will work to reduce crime, strengthen partnerships and build synergy until Menlo Park becomes “the safest city in America.” Jonsen will assume his position after he passes a Peace Officer Standards and Training background check, which is required by all California police chiefs accepting a position in an outside department.

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