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Archived News Release from 2007

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New Redwood City Police Chief to be Sworn-In at Ceremony in City Hall

Redwood City, CA - January 11 , 2007 - Redwood City’s new police chief, Louis Cobarruviaz, will be sworn-in at a ceremony on Thursday, January 18th, 2007 at 2 pm in the City Council Chambers at City Hall, 1017 Middlefield Road. The community is invited to attend and join the City in extending a welcome to Chief Cobarruviaz.

Chief Cobarruviaz brings a rich, diverse, and unique experience to the position in Redwood City. He is well-known as an authority in police training, and spent six years in El Salvador after his tenure as San Jose Police Chief. While in El Salvador, he introduced modern policing methods and management, helping it to become the model democratic law enforcement agency in Central America. Following his success in El Salvador, Chief Cobarruviaz spent one year in Iraq where he commanded the International Police Liaison Officers who provide training to Iraqi police.

Chief Cobarruviaz earned a stellar reputation as police chief in San Jose, where he served from 1991 to 1998. His career there was characterized by a clear focus on prevention and intervention, making real connections with the community at many levels, and collaborating with a variety of governmental and non-profit agencies toward the shared goal of community security and safety.

Chief Cobarruviaz’ values, principles, and ideals are very consistent with Redwood City’s core purpose of building a great community together,” said City Manager Ed Everett. “In welcoming him to Redwood City, we’re confident that he’ll be an outstanding asset to the police department, to the City, and to the entire community.”

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Ed Everett
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