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David Hinig named as Interim Chief of Police

The City of Fullerton is pleased to announce the appointment of David H. Hinig as the Interim Chief of Police. With the November 11, 2016 retirement of Chief Dan Hughes, the City sought the services of an experienced chief to assist with Department oversight while a recruitment process is conducted for a permanent chief.

Chief Hinig served with the Arcadia Police Department for nearly 40 years, the last six of which were as Chief of Police. Since his retirement in June 2005, he has served as interim chief of police in the cities of Sierra Madre and La Habra where he completed two separate assignments, and most recently in Palos Verdes Estates.

When not working in police agencies Chief Hinig serves as the senior law enforcement consultant for Kelly Associates Management Group in Fullerton. He also provides expert witness assistance to law firms who represent government entities where he specializes in personnel management and police procedures.  He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Business Management from Azusa Pacific University, an Associate Degree in Police Science from Pasadena City College, a Certificate in Emergency Management from the University of California at Riverside and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.

Regarding his appointment, Chief Hinig said, “I am extremely honored to be selected to work with the men and women of the Fullerton Police Department. The Department has an excellent reputation in the law enforcement community and I look forward to assisting them as we transition to a permanent Chief.”

Mayor Jennifer Fitzgerald said, "Interim Chief Hinig is a very experienced and well respected law enforcement professional and I am confident in his ability to lead our Police Department during this important transition."

Acting City Manager Gretchen Beatty said she expects Chief Hinig to serve in the interim position for four to six months while the police chief recruitment is conducted by an executive recruitment firm.