Capt. Robert Burton, a 17-year veteran with the Paso Robles Police Department who has been serving as interim chief, was chosen as the department’s new leader late Tuesday.
“The City Council and I have been very pleased with his effectiveness in steadying the department during a period of great turmoil and transition, and especially in bringing renewed attention to and on the local drug problem,” City Manager Jim App said in a news release sent out after the council’s closed-session meeting at 11:20 p.m. “We look forward to his continued leadership in maintaining the safety and security of Paso Robles.”
Burton’s appointment follows two national searches for a new chief following the resignation of Chief Lisa Solomon amid sexual harassment and ticket-quota allegations.
Burton was second-in-command to Solomon. When she left, App asked him to fill the interim post. Burton didn’t apply for the job in the first search, saying he wanted to be a police chief one day but first planned to put his energy toward healing the department in the months going forward.
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Burton is a 43-year county resident who has worked as a patrol officer, traffic officer and a sergeant supervising the patrol and detectives units, according to App. He was later prompted to lieutenant and then captain in 2007.
“I am deeply honored to be leading a department filled with very talented people. The employees of this law enforcement team work hard every day to make a difference for the community of Paso Robles and I am proud of their accomplishments,” Burton said in the news release.
Burton, 47, will be sworn in during a formal ceremony on July 2 at 6:30 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers, 1000 Spring St.