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Arcata Police Dept. welcomes new police chief Brian Ahearn

Arcata Chief of Police Brian Ahearn, courtesy of the City of Arcata

The City of Arcata announced the appointment of a new police chief Thursday morning.

Brian Ahearn will take over for Rick Ehle, who has served as interim police chief since June of this year. Interim Chief Ehle took over after former Police Chief Tom Chapman suddenly resigned in April.

The city says Ahearn has over 30 years of law enforcement experience as an officer with the San Diego Police Dept., where he most recently served as a captain from 2011 to 2018.

“I am confident that Brian Ahearn is a great match for the City of Arcata," Mayor Sofia Pereira said. "His experience with issues unique to coastal communities, university town partnerships, deep understanding of public safety challenges, and background in employee training and mentoring will help make the Arcata Police Department stronger, more innovative and better able to serve Arcata residents and businesses for years to come.”

Brian Ahearn graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice administration. He has been married to his wife, Jacqueline, for 33 years and they have two adult children. He enjoys outdoor recreation, attending sports events and going to the movies, all of which he looks forward to pursuing here on the North Coast.

"I am excited to begin my service as Arcata’s chief of police," Ahearn said. "I look forward to supporting the men and women of the Arcata Police Department on a daily basis and working closely with members of the community, students, city leaders and staff, and other local law enforcement and public safety agencies. Together, we will help maintain a safe environment for all who live, work and visit Arcata.”

Chief Ahearn’s work as chief of police will begin following ratification of his employment contract at a special city council meeting tomorrow. An official swearing-in ceremony will be held at a later date.


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