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Westminster Appoints New Chief of Police

The City of Wesminster has named Mark Lauderback as its new Police Chief after an extensive recruitment process.

Lauderback has served the Westminster Police Department for 25 years, rising to the position of Deputy Police Chief in 2018. He has been overseeing the department as the Acting Police Chief since February.

"Chief Lauderback has spent his career demonstrating his unwavering commitment to the service of our community and the law enforcement profession," said City Manager Eddie Manfro. "He is an innovative leader whose experience and deep understanding of our community will be invaluable in ensuring that the Westminster Police Department continues to provide outstanding service."

Born and raised in Westminster, Lauderback began his career with the department in 1994 as a patrol officer. Since that time, he has promoted through the ranks of Corporal, Sergeant, Commander and Deputy Police Chief. He has held numerous assignments throughout the organization, including: the Traffic Bureau, where he was awarded Orange County's DUI Officer of the Year by MADD; the Detective Bureau, where he worked auto theft, fraud, child abuse and domestic violence cases; and the Professional Standards Unit, where he supervised the hiring, recruitment and training of new officers.

"I am honored to lead the fine women and men of the Westminster Police Department as their Police Chief," Lauderback said. "I grew up here and have spent my career here. I look forward to working collaboratively with the community and my colleagues to enhance the already exceptional service this department provides. We will continue to serve with honesty, integrity, trust, and mutual respect."

Lauderback holds a bachelor's degree in criminal justice managment from Union Institue and University and is an adjunct faculty physical fitness instructor at Golden West College Police Academy.

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