Retirement apparently did not sit well with Bill French. The former Orinda police chief, who stepped down just over a year ago, has landed a job with the Cotati Police Department, the Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports:
William French, a 26-year veteran with the Contra Costa Sheriff’s Department, has been hired as a police lieutenant, filling a position that has been vacant for several years.
As the department’s only lieutenant, French will be second-in-command to Chief Michael Parish. French will earn $88,000 a year. The small department has two sergeants and six officers.
French has been a watch commander and a contract Chief of Police in Orinda, and worked in undercover narcotics and with a special services team targeting high-crime areas.
With 7,265 residents, Cotati — just south of Rohnert Park and likely best known as where you get off the freeway on your way to Sonoma State University — is about half the size of Orinda and, I’m assuming, has fewer leaf blower problems as well.