Former Ceres deputy police chief takes helm of Escalon department

etracy@modbee.comJune 18, 2014 

File photo of Mike Borges, who recently was named Escalon police chief

Three months into his retirement, Ceres’ former deputy police chief accepted a position as Escalon’s police chief this week.

Mike Borges ended his 34-year career with the Ceres Police Department in March.

Escalon has been without a permanent police chief for nearly two years and started searching for one in October.

Borges, whose career goals long have included becoming a police chief, said he considered applying for the position but decided to stay in Ceres a little longer.

Escalon’s only sergeant served as an interim chief until March, when an applicant who was offered the position pulled out the month before he was scheduled to begin. Eighteen people had applied.

At that point, former Modesto Police Chief Mike Harden, who served on the interview panel, agreed to step in until the position could be filled.

City Attorney Tammy Alcantor said the city didn’t recruit for the position again. She instead approached Borges and a few other people to inquire if they were interested in the job.

The Escalon City Council on Monday voted to hire Borges. Alcantor said she is finalizing his contract and he is expected to begin July 14.

The city of 7,200 has a sergeant and six officers; and is recruiting for a seventh.

Borges said he’ll consider hiring another sergeant and will help the city pursue a grant for another officer.

In his new role, Borges said he plans “to try to meet the goals of the City Council and the city manager. They are looking for someone with community involvement and a willingness to engage the community and I’m hoping I’m going to be able to bring that to them.”

Borges will earn an annual salary of $99,000.

Bee staff writer Erin Tracy can be reached at etracy@modbee.com or (209) 578-2366. Follow her on Twitter @ModestoBeeCrime.

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