West Sac picks new chief of police


    The City of West Sacramento announced this morning that the city council has chosen a police chief to replacing retiring chief Dan Drummond.

    Tom McDonald, a currently a Los Angeles Police Department captain, has been appointed to the post.

Los Angeles Police Captain Tom McDonald -- the next police chief of West Sacramento (L.A.P.D. website photo)

Los Angeles Police Captain Tom McDonald — the next police chief of West Sacramento (L.A.P.D. website photo)

McDonald currently serves as the commanding officer for LAPD’s Bomb Squad, Bomb K-9, and Hazmat. He has also served as the patrol commanding officer in Rampart and in south central Los Angeles.  McDonald will replace Drummond, who recently announced his retirement after serving for nine years.

 “We are very pleased to add someone with Mr. McDonald’s leadership and background to our city’s police department and management team,” said West Sacramento City Manager Martin Tuttle in a press release.  “His personality and expertise are a perfect match for the department and the community.”

 Among his assignments during his 30-year career, McDonald served as a gang officer, SWAT element member, and training officer. McDonald specialized  in crowd management during the 2000 Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles.  Following the September 11, 2001,  terrorist attacks that destroyed the World Trade Center in New York City, McDonald developed an award winning counter-terrorism program known as Operation  Archangel designed to assess and protect thekey facilities in Los Angeles.  

 “I am looking forward to building on Chief Drummond’s efforts and contributing to, and being part of, West Sacramento’s emergence as a great city,” said McDonald in a press statement.


McDonald, who joined LAPD as a police officer in 1983, received his Bachelor’s degree in Organization Management from Biola University.   He will begin work in early July.


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