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City Announces Appointment of New Chief of Police

The City of Bakersfield is pleased to announce that Assistant Police Chief Lyle Martin has been appointed by the City Manager to be the next Chief of Police of the City of Bakersfield.

“Lyle Martin has extensive experience in all phases of law enforcement coupled with sensitivity to Bakersfield neighborhoods and history.  He is the right choice to deal with the many challenges facing law enforcement in the year 2016 and beyond," said City Manager Alan Tandy. 

Assistant Chief Martin is a husband, father of five and grandfather of six.  He is a Bakersfield Native and a graduate of South High School and Bakersfield College.  He possesses a Bachelor and Master degrees in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.  He has worked for the Bakersfield Police Department for 28 years.  His experience includes leading every division of the department.

Assistant Chief Martin is a recognized Subject Matter Expert in Law Enforcement Executive Management Development by California Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST).  He was recently appointed by the Board of State and Community Corrections to the JAG Grant Executive Steering Committee for this next year’s funding cycle representing California police departments.

Assistant Chief Martin is also a member of Bakersfield Downtown Rotary, International Association of Chiefs of Police, and California Police Chiefs Association, a board member of the Bakersfield Police Activities League, California Police Officers Association, Mendiburu Magic Foundation, and Kegley Institute of Ethics Community Associate (Cal State University Bakersfield).

City Manager Tandy expressed thanks to current Chief Greg Williamson for his dedicated service to the Department over the last 27 years, seven of which have been as Chief of Police.