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Town of Lacey chooses new police chief


Proposed by Town of Lacey

Lacey City Manager Scott Spence announced today that Robert “Bob” Almada has accepted the city’s offer to become Lacey’s next Chief of Police. The announcement follows a nationwide search and comprehensive selection process carried out with Public Sector Search & Consulting. Almada will be the eighth chef in the department’s 54-year history and will be a key member of the management team. Almada will report directly to Mr. Spence.

“Over the past year, Bob has easily and successfully overcome a number of challenges while serving as Interim Chief of Police for Lacey,” said Spence. “Additionally, during his career in law enforcement, he has held various positions and gained a diverse knowledge base and skills that will benefit this organization and the community. I am extremely confident that he will be an effective police chief, a member of the community and an integral part of the city. “

Almada will assume the role of Police Chief of Lacey effective July 1, 2021. Almada has served as Acting Chief of Police since Chief Semko retired in April 2020. Almada was originally hired in October 2019 to serve as Chief of Lacey’s Deputy Police. Prior to Lacey, Almada spent 28 years with the Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD). He started in 1991 as a patrol officer and reached the rank of captain in 2017. While in SMPD, Almada oversaw special operations as well as general police operations, and was responsible for the planning, community affairs and emergency services unit.

Almada holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from California State University, Long Beach and a Masters of Public Administration in Public Sector Management from California State University, Northridge. Additionally, Almada was a member of the inaugural class of the Executive Leadership Institute (ELI) presented by the California Police Chiefs Association and has a Graduate Certificate in Leadership from the Drucker School of Management at the University of Claremont.

“I am truly touched and excited to be a part of the future of the Lacey Police Department and the Lacey community,” Almada said. “I look forward to continuing to serve in this new capacity. “

Police Chief Lacey oversees a department of 77 employees, including 61 commissioned officers. In addition, this position is responsible for an annual budget of approximately $ 13,600,000. The Chief of Police is responsible for public safety services and active crime prevention programs for the benefit of residents and businesses of Lacey.

Spence expressed his sincere gratitude to community members who participated in the Police Chiefs selection process by providing questions to the Chief Police Finalists Community Forum and to community members who served on the Community Interview Panel. . “I am grateful that, even with the ongoing pandemic, we were able to actively involve the community in this process,” said Spence.


Rodney N.

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