Chino Names New Chief of Police

Chino Names New Chief of Police
Posted on 06/19/2019
Last night, during the regularly scheduled City Council Meeting, City Manager Matt Ballantyne announced that Captain Wesley Simmons will become Chino’s new Police Chief upon the retirement of current Police Chief Karen Comstock.  Chief Comstock will retire effective July 25, 2019. 

City Manager Ballantyne stated, “Wes is a man of integrity and great character.  He will be a wonderful addition to our Executive Management Team.  I have enjoyed working with him during his tenure as Captain and look forward to partnering with him to serve our wonderful community.”  

Captain Simmons said, “I am both humbled and honored by this opportunity.  I have had the great fortune of working for some of the finest leaders in law enforcement throughout my career here at Chino.  They have mentored me and helped prepare me for this role.  I am grateful to the City Manager for his confidence in me as well as the overwhelming support I have received from the Council, community and my coworkers.  I look forward to working with the men and women of the Chino Police Department as we bring our department into the future.”

“During his 23 years of service in the Chino Police Department, Wes has earned the respect of the department, his colleagues, the community, and Council,” said City Manager Matt Ballantyne.  “This support will serve him well as he builds upon the Chino Police Department’s record of excellence.”

After putting himself through the Police Academy while finishing his BA degree and working part-time, he was hired as a Police Officer with the Chino Police Department in 1995.  In his 23-plus years with Chino PD, he moved steadily up the ranks as Corporal, Detective, Sergeant, Lieutenant, and, since 2014, as Police Captain.  He has overseen the department’s budget, its professional services, Criminal Investigations Unit, and Crisis Response Unit, among others, and was a founding member of Chino PD’s Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT).

“I am excited to work alongside and lead the exceptional people of the Chino Police Department who make it a model for law enforcement.  By God’s grace, I will do so in a manner that fosters new levels of excellence in service of this great community,” stated Simmons.