Huntington Beach to appoint Eric Parra of Alhambra as new police chief
Huntington Beach is set to hire a new police chief, Eric Parra, who currently holds the most senior law enforcement position in the Alhambra.
The city council plans to finalize the selection when it meets at 2 p.m. on Wednesday.
Parra has over 33 years of experience, much of which with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, where he rose to the rank of Division Chief before leaving in 2019 to become Deputy Chief at the Alhambra, then chief of police in March of this year.
âI am more than grateful to have this opportunity to serve as a police chief here in my hometown of Huntington Beach,â Parra said in a statement. âI look forward to working in partnership with the Mayor, City Council and staff as we work to ensure the safety and well-being of Surf City. “
It follows Julian Harvey, who became Acting Police Chief in November 2020, when Robert Handy retired.
Parra holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Cal State Long Beach and a law degree from Western State. He is licensed by the State Bar of California.
During his career, he helped lead Los Angeles County prison system reforms, community policing programs, and various patrol initiatives.
Huntington Beach City Manager Oliver Chi said the hiring process for the new police chief included in-depth assessments and several rounds of interviews with the management team, city council and the mayor.
âEric has been identified as having the best combination of experience and approach to lead the Huntington Beach Police Department in the future,â Chi said.
If approved by city council, Parra would start on December 20.
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