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Paradise begins search for new police chief

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PARADISE, Calif. - Paradise has started advertising applications for the chief of police position after Police Chief Gabriela Tazzari-Dineen announced her plans to retire in February.

Police Chief Tazzari-Dineen started working as a lieutenant at the Paradise Police Department in 2010. Two years later, she was promoted to police chief.

"We've been through a lot and since I've been chief," says Tazzari-Dineen. "It's exactly around the time that the budgets got real tight where we were not filling in positions because of the budget. We had recruitment difficulties as a result and just training and purchasing equipment was difficult. So those were very difficult times but it's usually in those times that you find out the strength of the group you work with and the town."

While serving as chief she defended her department after the 2015 Thanksgiving shooting of Andrew Thomas. The shooting and investigation ended with Thomas dead and officer Patrick Feaster found guilty of involuntary manslaughter.

Tazzari-Dineen has dedicated her whole life to law enforcement. Now that she is eligible to retire in February and she wants to dedicate her time to her kids.

"I'm eligible for retirement in February when I turn 50," said Tazzari- Dineen. "That's the first opportunity to retire in our retirement system. And I have very young kids. I have three-year-old twins and so when I have to decide in my future what I want to do, I want to also be a stay at home mom. I've dedicated a lot of my life to law enforcement but now it's time to dedicate my time to my family."

Tazzari-Dineen says that working with the Paradise Police Department has been such a positive experience.

"It is not just one person that makes a department," said Tazzari-Dineen. "We're a great team we have a lot of good loyal employees so I feel comfortable that whoever sits here will be very happy to lead this department, they'll be welcomed and they'll really enjoy being a part of the team like this one."

Applications for the Paradise police chief position started last week and the process closes on September 5.

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