Photo Courtesy of South Pasadena Police Department
The South Pasadena Police Department (SPPD) has recently undergone a restructuring, creating new positions within the department, which includes the Deputy Chief position. Police Captain Brian Solinksy was the first SPPD member officially promoted to the position in a ceremony conducted Monday, July 29.
The formation of the position, as well as other new positions, comes amid the restructuring of the police department, which was administered as a result of multiple studies of the department’s organizational chart. The restructuring of the department is one of SPPD Chief Joe Ortiz’s first actions as the recently hired Chief of Police. SPPD has not responded to questions about the financial feasibility of the reorganization, which includes the creation of additional positions within the department.
The changes brought by the restructuring will increase the department’s efficiency and resource management, as well as allow for improved growth and mobility within the department.
The Deputy Chief’s new duties will build on Solinksy’s former responsibilities as Police Captain, and will now include continuing community outreach and support with stakeholders, budget preparation, emergency operations, and collaborating with fellow law enforcement partners.