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Corona police chief retiring after 30-year career with one agency

By in Press Enterprise on November 9, 2017

By Brian Rokos

Mike Abel is retiring as Corona’s police chief, but he isn’t retiring from law enforcement.

Abel, 49, will report to work for the last time Nov. 15. His last day on the books will be Dec. 27. After that, he will teach history, government, criminal justice and leadership at Cal Baptist University in Riverside. He also will work in what he would describe only as “security management” at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim.

“It’s been an amazing experience, an amazing opportunity,” Abel said in an interview as he completes 30 years in police work — all for the Corona Police Department.

Capt. James Patton will become interim chief, City Manager Darrell Talbert wrote in an email. The recruitment of a permanent chief will begin early in 2018.

Talbert said he wants a chief who is a “great communicator.” He said he’s willing to consider a candidate from a “good-sized department” who has not been a police chief.

Talbert wrote that he is seeking “Someone of high moral character, unquestionable ethics, a solid work history, a strong investment in formal education and a diverse police background. Someone who has a proven track record of leadership and innovation, as well as a desire to adopt and utilize technology as part of their recipe for a successful policing strategy.”

Abel a lifer

Abel began as a Corona police cadet in 1987 and climbed to captain before he was appointed interim chief, replacing Richard Madory, in December 2011. Abel was appointed chief in March 2012.

He immediately created crime-prevention teams, focused on a strategic plan and sought to make sure officers had the proper training and equipment. He wanted to create a “cohesive management team that made decisions for the greater good” and improve community connections.

Abel said his time as police chief was “everything and more” he hoped it would be. “It’s […]    

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