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South Coast city gets new police chief

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Santa Barbara Police
The City of Santa Barbara has hired a new police chief.

Santa Barbara hires second female chief in the city's history.

A South Coast city has a new police chief.

The Santa Barbara City Council appointed Kelley Ann Gordon as the city’s new chief. Gordon has been in law enforcement for more than 25 years. She was most recently Police Chief for the Southern California community of Monterey Park.

Gordon started her career of the Los Angeles Police Department. She is a Canine Disaster Search specialist, and was deployed to help look for victims of the World Trade Center attack after 9/11, as well as for victims of Hurricane Katrina.

She’ll start her new post with the City of Santa Barbara September 19th. The city has been without a permanent chief since Lori Luhnow retired in 2020.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.