Daniel B. Suttles, a lieutenant who rose through the ranks of the Glendale Police Department, has been chosen to be the new police chief for Bear Valley Springs.
Voting 5-0 to approve his job, the Bear Valley Community Services District Board of Directors welcomed Suttles to their Zoom meeting on Feb. 10.
Suttles told board members and other attendees that he looks forward to being part of the community.
He will take office as chief of police and director of public security on February 28.
Noting that Bear Valley Springs has a very low crime rate, Suttles said he knows “it happens through hard work.” During his visit to BVS, he said the values and traditions of the community were evident and he looked forward to getting out and meeting as many people as possible.
According to Donald M. Davis, General Counsel.
Kermode has served as interim chief since the June 2021 resignation of Tim Melanson, who Davis said left to pursue a career opportunity closer to home in Bakersfield.
Suttles worked in Glendale as a detective, patrol officer, sergeant and police chief sergeant/warrant officer before his promotion to lieutenant, Davis noted. Previously, he worked as a mortgage loan officer. He also served in the US Marine Corps.
Davis provided a summary of key terms of the board-approved employment agreement:
• Employment status at will (may be terminated without cause subject to severance pay of six months salary in the event of termination without cause due to career interruption).
• Base annual salary $157,380 ($13,115/month).
• Standard department head allowances, reimbursements and benefits based on 17 years of public service.
• Relocation costs up to $10,000 in Bear Valley Springs and up to $5,000 in the greater Tehachapi area, but within 20 minutes to respond to the police station.
Claudia Elliott is a freelance journalist and former editor of Tehachapi News. She lives in Tehachapi and can be contacted by email: [email protected]