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Santa Ana Police Chief Paul Walters To Become Interim City Manager

May 10, 2011

President Obama with SAPD Chief Paul WaltersFrom the Orange County Register – The City Council on Monday night appointed the chief of police to take over as interim city manager next month.

Chief Paul Walters will take over from Dave Ream, who is retiring May 31 after 25 years as Santa Ana’s city manager. A search for a permanent replacement for Ream, 66, is under way.

The council made the interim appointment during a special closed meeting, after which Walters accepted, said Maria Huizar, Clerk of the Council.

Walters, 65, has been Santa Ana’s police chief since 1988. He will continue in that role while serving as interim city manager, he said in a telephone interview.

“Dave’s done a tremendous job, and I’m just happy to help this city any way I can,” Walters said. “I can’t say enough about him and how difficult it will be to follow in his footsteps, even temporarily.”

While he is city manager, Walter said he will hand much of the decision making at the Police Department to his deputies there but will remain involved.

“I’ll still be over there as needed to make sure things run smoothly,” Walters said. “As many things as possible that don’t require my personal attention, I’ll rely on the staff.”

Walters said he expects to continue as police chief after the city hires a permanent city manager. “I don’t plan on leaving for many years,” he said. “It’s really where my heart is and what I love doing.”

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