Police chief leaves; new CM hired?

MARK Lauderback recites the oath of office as he is sworn in as the Westminster’s new police chief in 2018 (Steven Georges/Behind the Badge)

There’s more changing of the guard coming in Westminster.

The city will be losing its police chief and hiring a new city manager.

On Monday, Mark Lauderback, chief of police since 2018, delivered a letter of resignation to Interim City Manager Sherry Johnson. His last day with the WPD will be Feb. 26, and he leaves Westminster to take the top law enforcement job in Cypress, where he is a resident.

“I have no doubt that the future of the Westminster Police Department will remain in good hands because of the strong leadership and commitment possessed by both deputy chiefs,” he wrote in the letter.


Although Lauderback spent only two years as head of the department, he preceded that with 25 years with the WPD, including stints as acting chief and interim chief.

On Wednesday, the city council will take up the appointment and approval of an employment agreement with Marwan Youssef as city manager. He is a veteran employee of Westminster who has been with the city since December 1988 and is currently public works director and city engineer.

If approved, as expected, he will take the municipal baton from Johnson, who served as the city’s top appointed official since the retirement of Eddie Manfro on Feb. 15, 2020. Her employment agreement runs to Feb. 13, 2021.

Also on the agenda for Wednesday’s council meeting are an agreement with the Law Office of Jones and Meyer for the appointment of Christian Bettenhausen as city attorney, and consideration of an urgency ordinance declaring a moratorium on evictions at commercial properties.

The council has a closed session at 6:30 p.m. and an open session at 7 p.m. Both will be held via teleconference/web conference.

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