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City Manager Appoints New Police Chief

Posted: Jul 6, 2011

Tracy, CA (July 6, 2011): City Manager Leon Churchill will appoint Gary Hampton as the new Chief of Police for the City of Tracy effective August 15, 2011. Chief Hampton will replace Janet Thiessen who served as the Police Chief for the City of Tracy for the last two and a half years. Chief Thiessen will be assisting with the Department’s transition.

Churchill stated, “I know what this community and department need and I am confident Chief Hampton is the right person at the right time to meet those needs.” Churchill added, “I welcome him back home to Tracy and know that the community shares the same sentiment.”

Scott Martin, President of Tracy Police Officers Association echoed Mr. Churchill’s remark “The Tracy Police Officers Association is grateful to the City Manager and City Council for their commitment to the citizens of Tracy by bringing Chief Hampton back home to the police department.”

Gary Hampton began his career in police services over 20 years ago, progressing to the rank of Police Chief in the City of Turlock in Stanislaus County for the past five years. During his tenure in Turlock, Chief Hampton served as the Interim City Manager for six months in 2009 and as the Public Safety Director for six months during 2010/2011. Prior to his appointment as Police Chief in the City of Turlock, Chief Hampton was Police Chief with the City of Oakdale for three years. Chief Hampton is no stranger to the City of Tracy as he has nine years of progressive leadership and management experience serving in midmanager and command level positions with the City of Tracy, including an appointment as Captain where he received a Meritorious Service Medal and Unit Citation Medal.

According to Chief Hampton, “My wife and I are very excited to return to Tracy, where we made our home for many years, raised our daughters and developed many close family friends. Professionally speaking, I’m fortunate to have the opportunity to return to a community and organization that allowed me to develop and flourish in my law enforcement career. I see this as an opportunity to return home and give back to a community that has provided so much for my family and me. I'm honored and humbled by the opportunity to lead the Tracy Police Department."

Chief Hampton is a strong advocate for cutting edge law enforcement services through community policing philosophies and programs and professional standards of conduct and law enforcement that
facilitate the success of a department.

Chief Hampton has a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership and Business Management from Saint Mary's College and a Bachelors of Arts in Public Administration from The Union Institute.

Chief Gary Hampton’s appointment is pending completion of a pre‐employment investigation as required by the California Peace Officers Standards and Training.

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