Chief says he’s leaving Hemet Police Department in good shape
By Craig Shultz
Dave Brown said he’s not abandoning Hemet; he’s just looking to serve the community in a different way.
Hemet’s police chief announced his pending retirement this week as he explores a run for Riverside County sheriff.
“I’m not leaving, I’m just coming back in a different capacity,” Brown said in an interview Thursday, Aug. 27.
Brown, 51, has spent half his life in the department. He grew up in Hemet and graduated from Hemet High in 1984, where he was a member of the school’s renowned band program. He joined Hemet PD in 1992, was named interim chief in September 2010 and has had the permanent post since August 2011.
Brown said this is a good time to leave, saying there is strong leadership in place and the voter-approved Measure U, which increased sales tax 1 percentage point with money earmarked for public safety, leaves the department in good shape.
“Hemet PD is in a great spot,” Brown said. “I have a deputy chief and four lieutenants that can be chief in any department in California. They really don’t need me anymore.”
In a Facebook post announcing his plans, Brown backed Deputy Chief Rob Webb for the head position.
Brown said he will offer his input on a replacement if asked, but the hiring is at the discretion of the city manager with council approval.
Hemet Mayor Linda Krupa said it’s likely the city will look inside the department first for a replacement.
“It’s less disruptive and probably less expensive to look in-house,” she said.
Of the four chiefs hired since 1992, two were from inside — Brown and Pete Hewitt — and two from outside — Dean Evanson and Richard Dana.
“He has worked strenuously on succession planning and building a really strong police department and command staff. And he’s succeeded,” Krupa said. “It’s never been about him, […]