Chief Melanson has had a distinguished career in law enforcement, spending the majority of his career with the Kern County Sheriff’s Office, and achieving the rank of Patrol Operations Commander. He has also served as a Deputy, Senior Deputy, Sergeant, and Lieutenant in a variety of special assignments and in smaller sub-stations across the county, giving him an excellent insight and understanding of the law enforcement needs of smaller, rural communities such as Bear Valley Springs.
Chief Melanson holds an Associate’s Degree from Bakersfield College, a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Union Institute and University, and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Administration from California State University, Bakersfield.
He is well-respected in his field and his extensive experience in law enforcement and his passion for Community Oriented Policing make him an ideal fit for our community.
I currently work as a miner at a local mining company. I am a team member of the Emergency Rescue Team at the mine. My certifications are in High-angle Rescue, trench, Haz-Mat, Medical , Confined Space, & AED/ CPR. I am also a volunteer at the BVS police department. I feel that some of my training along with experience and knowledge could be of some use to our Bear Valley Springs Community. I’m excited and looking forward to meeting all of our awesome neighbors.
With more than 30 years of city and town management experience in California, Washinton, Minnesota, and Missouri, Bill has managed annual budgets ranging from 6 million dollars to 95 million dollars and has led both small and medium sized communities.
He holds a bachelor's and master's degree in Public Administration and was a International City/County Managers Association (ICMA) Credentialed City Manager for 15 years.