Chief Melanson joined the Bear Valley Police Department in 2018 after a distinguished career with Kern County Sheriff's Office. Former Bear Valley Police Chief, Jeff Kermode, will serve as interim Chief of Police. The Board of Directors has directed Mr. Malinen to solicit proposals from recruiting companies for their consideration at an upcoming board meeting.
Chief Melanson's principled leadership style will be greatly missed. His co-workers at the Bear Valley PD, and all of us at the District, wish him the best in his future endeavors.