The City of Turlock announced the appointment of Robert A. Jackson as the Turlock Police Department’s new Chief of Police today.
In 2007, after nearly 20 years with the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department, Jackson joined the ranks of the Turlock Police Department as one of two Captains, and assumes his new role at the Turlock Police Department with 28 years of extensive law enforcement experience.
The City of Turlock Police Department has been under the direction of Interim Turlock Police Chief Dave Young since former Turlock Police Chief Gary Hampton resigned on July 31, 2011, and went to work as Police Chief for the City of Tracy.
The Turlock Police Chief recruitment drew over 40 applicants, and was narrowed down to six candidates by recruitment firm, Teri Black & Company LLC, hired by the City of Turlock at a cost of $25,000. Phone interviews were then conducted to narrow the field of candidates even more.
Six candidates were interviewed by a Community Panel, Professional Panel and Department Head Panel. That group was then narrowed to the three candidates and interviewed by the Turlock City Council in closed session on January 12, 2012.
Jackson explained the hiring process he went through as a candidate.
“The hiring process was very intense. It involved eight interviews with various groups that represented several different interests within the city,” stated Jackson. “My main focus was on getting across to the panels what I had to offer as the next Police Chief. It was up to them to determine who they felt was the best fit for the position.”
City Manager Wasden then made his final decision, contacted his top candidate to appoint, and completed the due diligence required while coming to an employment agreement.
Wasden, a former Police Chief himself, stated how pleased he was with the candidate pool and his final decision.
“I was pleased with the outstanding caliber of the candidates seeking to lead the Turlock Police Department and even more pleased to see validated the preparation and abilities of Chief Jackson. He rose to the top of the candidate pool and is ready to lead the Turlock Police Department in their continuing quest for excellence,” stated Manager Wasden. “I have great confidence in the skills and abilities of Chief Jackson and invite the Turlock Community to join me in extending congratulations and support to our new Chief.”
Chief Jackson will begin at step 1 of the Salary Schedule for Chief of Police, $13,079 per month or $156,948 per year. Jackson will receive a $100 per month Technology Stipend and the same allowances as listed in the Manager’s Schedule of Benefits. Subject to City Council approval on February 14th, there will be an employment agreement.
Jackson will be appointed as the City of Turlock’s 19th Police Chief since the City’s incorporation in 1908.
The City will host a reception beginning at 6:00pm on February 14, 2012, directly preceding the council meeting, to welcome Turlock’s new Police Chief. All community members are invited to attend this noteworthy event. Chief Jackson will be officially sworn in at the regularly scheduled Council Meeting on Tuesday, February 14, 2012, at 7:00pm.
Mayor Lazar also stated that he was pleased with Manager Wasden’s pick.
"I am delighted to have seen Chief Rob Jackson rise to the top of the candidate pool and be the candidate most qualified and prepared to lead the Turlock Police Department. The Chief truly stood out and the process validated his preparation and qualifications,” stated Mayor Lazar. “I look forward to working with the Chief on the many critical issues we face in our community and know that he will do an outstanding job."
“I would like to thank the Mayor, City Council, and City Manager Wasden for giving me such an opportunity to serve our community,” said Jackson. “I understand how important this selection is for us and I am honored to be the one selected.”
Of course Chief Jackson is glad to be moving up the ranks in the department he served as a Captain in for years now.
“I am very happy to have been selected for such an important role with the City of Turlock,” said Chief Jackson. “I have enjoyed the last several years here with the Turlock Police Department and look forward to finishing out my career in Law Enforcement here in Turlock.”
Chief Jackson acknowledged that being an inside candidate gave him some benefits.
“Understanding the organization and the community allows me to hit the road running when it comes to stepping into the role of our Police Chief,” said Jackson.
Jackson acknowledges his former Chief, Gary Hampton, as someone who helped him get to where he is now and the Police Department he’s taking lead of.
“Chief Hampton was an excellent leader and a true mentor of mine,” stated Jackson.
As Chief Jackson wants to continue to use a strategic plan that Gary Hampton put in place as a guide, Jackson plans on annually evaluating conditions and achievements to help modify the document as the Police Department goes.
“We always have to evaluate where we are going and try to anticipate the changes the future will hold,” stated Jackson. “We have implemented a very ambitious and successful strategic plan that will continue to be our guide for the future.”
One thing that Chief Jackson specifically stated that he would really hope to maintain is the reduction in crime that Turlock has seen over the last few years while working on improving the connection with the community.
“When a citizen sees one of our patrol officers I want them to have a sense of pride and partnership with their Police Department,” said Jackson.
In regards to challenges, Jackson said, “Our fiscal situation will continue to be an issue for some time. We have had to make adjustments to assure that the level of services to the community stay at an acceptable level even though we have fewer resources than we had just a couple years ago.
Chief Jackson said that the community should expect from their new Turlock Police Chief, “A continued commitment to professionalism and service to the community.”