Garden Grove

It’s hail to the (new police) chief

THE GARDEN GROVE Chief of Police, Tom DaRé, was sworn in on Tuesday afternoon (The Tribune photos).

By Jim Tortolano

Before a room full of admirers, family and colleagues,  Tom DaRé was sworn in as the 13th Garden Grove Chief of Police on Tuesday afternoon.

The 29-year veteran of the GGPD, who is a Garden Grove native, took the oath of office from Ric Lerma, a longtime friend and community leader. Looking on in the Community Meeting Center were dozens of law enforcement officers, including many from the GGPD and some from other jurisdictions.

“I am truly humbled to have been chosen to lead the men and women of the Garden Grove police force into the future, “ said DaRé after being sworn in. “I want you to know I will not let you down, and I accept the torch from the successful leaders who have preceded me.”

ADMINISTERING the oath of office to the new chief was Ric Lerma.

He added “I was born and raised and educated in this community. I am so honored to be selected as the chief of police. I am humbled to bear the responsibility of keeping this community safe.”

He went on to talk about his path from police cadet up through the ranks, and drew a laugh when the talked about his first job as a city employee.

“Prior to that – and a lot of people don’t know – my father-in-law hired me in 1989 in public works. I mowed lawns at Hare Park. That’s how I started.”

Then he spoke of the future.

“I will enhance our community policing effort, customer service and working with our central management to make Garden Grove a better place to live, work and visit,” he said.

He closed by thanking his predecessor, Todd Elgin, and his family.

The new chief comes into his post at a time when the passage of Measure O by voters last November is making it possible to hire 16 new personnel for the GGPD, including 10 police officers.

Speakers preceding the installation were City Manager Scott Stiles and Mayor Steve Jones.


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  1. Best wishes Chief DaRé. Mowing lawns is character building.
    Like my Opa used to say, “Dirty, tired kids are good kids.”
    You had a great start. 🚜 😊👍❤🌱 🙊

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