RIVERBANK — Lt. Erin Kiely, who has been the citys interim police chief since April, got the job for good Thursday night.
The City Council voted 5-0 in closed session for Kiely, the only applicant from the Stanislaus County Sheriffs Department, which provides law enforcement services in Riverbank under contract with the city.
Kiely, 44, will oversee 18 sworn officers in Riverbank, which like other small cities in Stanislaus County and the state has struggled to maintain police services in recent years. He said his annual salary and benefits will total about $190,000.
Kiely took over when the previous chief, Lt. Bill Pooley, left to become undersheriff in Tuolumne County.
He has provided very sound leadership in the acting capacity, and I anticipate that he will continue to do a good job in the permanent position, City Manager Jill Anderson said of Kiely.
Kiely started his career as a police officer in Clovis in 1995. He came to the Sheriffs Department as a deputy two years later and has held positions in patrol and investigations. He also spent time as a deputy in Riverbank.
Its nice to get to know a community all of its elements and all of its challenges from a law-enforcement perspective, he said after the council vote.
Riverbank is one of four cities in the county with law enforcement provided by the sheriff. The others are Waterford, Hughson and Patterson.
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