Sacto 9-1-1
May 9, 2013
West Sacramento names LAPD captain as new police chief

By Darrell Smith
dvsmith@sacbee.com

West Sacramento has plucked a new police chief from the ranks of the Los Angeles Police Department.

Thomas McDonald, a captain who leads the LAPD's Emergency Operations Division and is an expert in tactics and crowd control, replaces departing West Sacramento police chief Dan Drummond, who is retiring in July after nine years on the force.

McDonald starts in West Sacramento in July. He will be the city's fifth police chief.

"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 prepared statement. "His personality and expertise are a perfect match for the department and the community."

McDonald joined the Los Angeles Police Department in 1983, according to a biography on the department's website, working in gang enforcement and on the department's SWAT detail.

McDonald was promoted to captain in 2006 and served as a patrol commander before becoming emergency operations commander in 2010.

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