FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JULY 17, 2013 –
West Sacramento’s new police chief was sworn into office on Tuesday.
Chief Thomas McDonald replaces outgoing department head Dan Drummond, who retired after nine years.
McDonald was raised as the son of a U.S. Air Force officer, living in different places including Europe. He joined the Los Angeles Police Department in 1983, reports West Sacramento Police Department spokesman.
With the L.A.P.D., he served on various assignments as he rose to the rank of captain. His roles included including gang enforcement, training officer, SWAT, tactics instructor, staff researcher, and training coordinator.
In 1999, as a lieutenant, McDonald worked in crowd management during the Democratic National Convention.
After the September 11, 2001, attacks, he led ‘Operation Archangel,” working with Homeland Security to protect infrastructure and key resources.
Beginning in October of 2012, Captain McDonald served as commanding officer of L.A.P.D.’s emergency services division, which includes the bomb squad, Hazmat and Bomb K-9 units.
He is the fifth police chief for West Sacramento since the city was founded in 1987.
McDonald has two grown children, son Jordan and daughter Kylie. Daughter Kylie McDonald of Newport Beach, was on hand for last week’s ceremony and pinned the new W.S.P.D. badge onto her father’s uniform.
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