Chino Police Department Captain Wes Simmons was named the city’s 18th Chief of Police Tuesday night, taking over for Chief Karen Comstock when she retires July 25.
Captain Simmons, 48, has worked for the Chino Police Department for 23 years as a police officer, corporal, detective, sergeant, lieutenant and earned the title of captain in 2014.
“I am both humbled and honored by this opportunity,” Captain Simmons said. “I have had the great fortune of working for some of the finest leaders in law enforcement throughout my career here in Chino. They have mentored me and helped prepare me for this role.”
He will be sworn in during a private ceremony on July 25. A public swearing-in ceremony will be held Aug. 1 at the Chino Police Department headquarters.
Captain Simmons said he is grateful Chino City Manager Matt Ballantyne has confidence in him becoming the city’s next police chief and added he looks forward to working closely with the city council, his coworkers and the community.
“I am excited to work alongside and lead the exceptional people of the Chino Police Department who make it a model for law enforcement,” Captain Simmons said. “By God’s grace, I will do so in a manner that fosters new levels of excellence in service of this great community.”
Mr. Ballantyne, who had the responsibility to name the next chief, said Captain Simmons will be a great addition to the city’s Executive Management Team.
“During his 23 years of service in the Chino Police Department, Wes has earned the respect of the department, his colleagues, the community and the council,” Mr. Ballantyne said. “This support will serve him well as he builds upon the Chino Police Department’s record of excellence.”
Captain Simmons is a 2014 graduate of the FBI National Academy and holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Cal State University, Fullerton. He also has a master’s degree in organizational management from the University of Phoenix.
Captain Simmons has overseen the department’s budget, worked in its professional services, the criminal investigations unit, crisis response unit and is a founding member of the Chino Police SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) team.
“I think Wes is a great choice,” Chief Comstock said. “He is going to be good for the department and good for the community. I think for an organization to be successful, they are going to have to move it forward."
"Personally, Wes was my recommendation because I think he is the natural choice. He’s going to do a great job. I’m proud of him.”
Captain Simmons said he’s very connected and involved in the community through his service with the Chino Kiwanis Club and his career at the Chino Police Department and looks for that to continue.
“This has been my law enforcement home. To be at the point of my career where I have the privilege of leading this agency is just a huge honor,” Captain Simmons said.