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Former Orinda police chief takes his talents to the North Bay

By Jonathan Morales
Friday, June 24th, 2011 at 4:21 pm in Crime, Orinda.

Chief William French mug.JPGRetirement 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.

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