Friday, July 3

City Hall

City Manager's Focus

UPLAND POLICE CHIEF RETIRES AFTER 33 YEARS OF SERVICE

 

 

After more than 33 years serving the citizens of the City of Upland, Police Chief Jeff Mendenhall retired from service effective December 29, 2014.  Beginning his career with the Upland Police Department in 1982, Chief Mendenhall worked his way through the ranks as Police Officer, Detective, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, and Chief of Police.

 

During his career, Chief Mendenhall served on several task forces, and implemented the False Alarm Billing Program and the Computer Aided Dispatch System.  Chief Mendenhall also received several awards and commendations, including the American Legion Merit Award, the 10851 Award for Vehicle Theft Recovery, the Independent Agents Association Award, the Distinguished Service Award, and the Lifesaving Award.

 

As Chief, he implemented the License Plate Reader Program, Body Cameras for Officers and the on-line auction of impounded vehicles.  In addition, he led the department through the 2011 fiscal crisis, which resulted in a 10% loss in budget and staff cutbacks, while reducing crime and continuing to provide top-level service to the community.  As Chief, he served as President of the San Bernardino County Chiefs & Sheriff’s Association, served in an interim capacity as the Upland Fire Chief, and was a member of two community non-profit organizations.

 

Captain Ken Bonson will serve as Acting Police Chief over the next few months while the recruitment for Upland’s new permanent Chief of Police is conducted.

 

Thank you Chief Mendenhall for your service to the residents and businesses of the Upland community.

 

Rod B. Butler

City Manager