Retired Redding Police Chief Peter Hansen will be recommended to be the City’s Interim Police Chief while the recruitment to find a permanent replacement proceeds. The appointment would require City Council approval, which is expected to be considered at the July 18 City Council meeting.
Captain Eric Wallace is the acting Chief, and is overseeing the day-to-day operations of the department. However, Captain Wallace’s responsibilities include both Administration and the Investigations Divisions, requiring a full-time commitment. In addition, the Patrol Division is currently supervised by Captain Roger Moore. The extra duties tax an already lean-staffed department.
Hansen was a 28-year veteran of the Redding Police Department (RPD), beginning as a patrol officer and rising through the ranks to become Chief of Police in November 2008. He retired from the City in November 2011. He would serve as Interim Chief until a replacement is found for former Chief Robert Paoletti, who separated from the City June 13, 2017.
“Chief Hansen was a consummate professional and an excellent leader during his long tenure in the Redding Police Department. He was highly respected by the RPD staff and the community,” said City Manager Barry Tippin. “It is to the City’s great benefit that he is willing to return and lead the department as we search for a new Chief.”
Hansen was approached about the interim role following Paoletti’s departure to ensure RPD continues to function at the highest level while a new Chief is found. Hansen would serve only until a permanent replacement is in place – expected to be by this fall – and would not be charged with making any major changes to operations, according to Tippin.
Hansen has remained a member of California Police Chiefs Association, California Peace Officers Association, and the FBI National Academy Associates, allowing him to stay current on law enforcement issues, both locally and nationally. He currently resides in Washington state.
“With the importance of public safety paramount for the City of Redding, utilizing someone of Chief Hansen’s character and experience will allow current staff to continue to work at the best of their abilities to protect the public,” Tippin said.