Chief Albert Pardini
It was an announcement that had nothing to do with the November 2014 election, but it was made on election day. East Palo Alto’s Interim City Manager, Carlos Martinez, announced that Albert Pardini is the new chief of the East Palo Alto Police Department.
In commenting on Pardini’s selection, Martinez said, “East Palo Alto’s new Chief Albert Pardini brings a remarkably wide range of law enforcement experience to the community. We’re confident that with his proven leadership and outstanding record of success, he’ll generate new and effective solutions to the challenges we face. The City welcomes Chief Pardini, and also thanks Mark Rafaelli for his work as interim chief over the last two months.”
Since East Palo Alto's last police chief, Ron Davis, retired in October 2013, East Palo Alto has had four interim police chiefs.
Pardini was one of three finalists for the police chief position. He is currently the commanding officer of the San Francisco International Airport Bureau, Patrol Division. Pardini will start his new job as the chief of the East Palo Alto Police Department on November 12. His starting salary is $15,237.56 per month.
When he spoke at an East Palo Alto community meeting in August 2014, Pardini said that had a lot of experience with community meetings and would hold town hall meetings and send out weekly emails (Read more about that meeting here.).
Pardini's candidacy for the police chief position hit a bump in the road when news reports revealed that he was sued for violating a legal observer's civil rights during a demonstration. At the time of this revelation, Barbara Powell, East Palo Alto's assistant city manager at the time, spoke about Pardini and Lt. Brian Ferrante, another candidate for the position who also faced a lawsuit.
Powell said that the three candidates would be subjected to extensive and thorough background checks before any final consideration of their candidacy is made. Tom McCarthy, the former police chief of Dublin was the third candidate for the police chief position.
At its meeting on September 16, 2014, the East Palo Alto City Council voted unanimously with four yes votes to allow the city manager to continue to select the city's police chief. One council member, Ruben Abrica, was absent from the meeting.
The recent announcement about Pardini's selection stated he had held a variety of critical leadership roles and "his deep experience ... include[s] a number of other high-level and command assignments including San Francisco’s Bayview District patrol station, the Major Crimes-Investigations division, Narcotics & Vice Crimes Investigations division, Homeland Security division, Planning & Research division, and Administration Bureau Headquarters."
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