City promotes interim chief

Billy Aldridge is Chico's new top cop

Photo by Evan Tuchinsky

Staying in-house, Chico city leaders elevated Billy Aldridge to chief of police.

Aldridge (pictured), who served as interim chief following the August retirement of Matt Madden, topped two other finalists for the job. The Chico City Council confirmed his promotion Dec. 20. He’s been with the department since February 2005.

“I had a lot of support from the organization, the community, city management, council,” Aldridge told the CN&R. “As an interim [chief] a couple times, I’ve felt I could do it well, and now moving forward as the permanent chief of police, I have some ideas of things I want to do.”

He cited four priorities: recruitment and retention, succession planning, strategic planning and a needs assessment for a new facility. He’ll also emphasize the customer service aspect of policing.

“People want you to treat them with respect at all times,” Aldridge said. “That’s both internally and externally at the organization.”

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