Timothy Vu was sworn in on Monday as Alhambra’s new police chief, replacing Jackie Gomez-Whiteley
, who has been Alhambra’s interim police chief since last summer.
Vu started his career with the San Diego Police Department, before joining the Westminster Police Department in 1994. He served in a variety of roles there, robbery/homicide detective, a patrol area commander in charge of jail management, animal control and other services, and deputy chief, from 2016 until the City of Alhambra recruited Vu.
Vu was introduced to the Alhambra City Council last week by Mark Yokoyama, who served as the last permanent Alhambra Police Chief from 2011 until 2016, when he became Alhambra’s city manager
“The [breadth of] experience he has had in Westminster and San Diego will complement what we’re looking for here at the city of Alhambra,” Yokoyama said at the meeting.
Vu also addressed the city council. “I’m very enthusiastic about serving as your next chief of police here,” he said. “I look forward to coming to the community, and learning more about the members of the police department and the community.”
In 2014, a business owner filed a lawsuit against Vu and other members of the Westminster Police Department, saying that they had aided a Little Saigon loan shark in harassing her. The plaintiff dismissed the suit later that year. Yokoyama told the Source that in their vetting process, Vu had been “completely exonerated.”
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