Waterford will get a new police chief Monday, and Turlock police soon will get a new captain, according to the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department.
Lt. Darin Gharat will start his new job as chief of Waterford Police Services on Monday, said Sheriff Adam Christianson.
Gharat is replacing Chief Rob Jackson, who is resigning after almost 20 years with the Sheriff's Department to take a captain's position with Turlock police. Christianson said Jackson will continue to help Waterford Police Services with the transition even after his job with the Sheriff's Department ends Friday.
"(Jackson) is a respected leader at the Sheriff's Department, and we wish him well as he serves the community of Turlock," Christianson said.
Jackson's hire is part of Turlock Police Chief Gary Hampton's plan to revamp his department, which includes adding two captains to its ranks.
Gharat has worked for the Sheriff's Department since 1996 and most recently worked as one of three watch commanders in patrol operations.
The Sheriff's Department provides contracted police services to four cities in the county -- Waterford, Patterson, Riverbank and Hughson. The service provides patrol, general investigations, traffic enforcement, crime prevention and other law enforcement duties.
Two sheriff's lieutenants applied to be chief, and the Waterford City Council selected Gharat, Christianson said.
He said Gharat will be a great leader for the Waterford team, which also is responsible for the Special Vehicle Operations Unit, which patrols the reservoir parks in east Stanislaus County.
"I expect a lot from my commanders and I know Darin will do a fine job," Christianson said.
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