Hemet announces new police chief

Hemet’s interim city manager on Thursday, Nov. 9, announced that Deputy Chief Robb Webb will assume the role of police chief, filling a vacancy left by Chief Dave Brown.

“It became very apparent during my short tenure with the City that the Police Department has an outstanding reputation and a great leadership team in place,” Interim City Manager Allen Parker said in a news release. “As with any healthy organization, the Hemet Police Department has implemented a comprehensive strategic plan that emphasizes and supports succession planning for every rank; and I was impressed with the broad support and confidence in Chief Webb by our legislative body as well as the community and department members.”

Webb has 30 years of law enforcement experience. He began his career as a police officer with the San Diego Harbor Police.

In 1991 he moved his family to the San Jacinto Valley and began his time with Hemet Police Department as a patrol officer and one of the department’s first dedicated gang investigators, according to a Hemet news release.

Web later served as a patrol watch commander, managed the Investigations Bureau and oversaw the Regional Gang Task Force. In 2006 he was promoted from lieutenant to captain. He commanded each of the department’s three divisions before being promoted to Deputy Police Chief in 2014.

Webb is a graduate of the Sherman Block Leadership Institute and the State of California’s top executive leadership program, Command College. he also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Workforce Development from Southern Illinois University and a Master’s Degree in Leadership and Organizational Studies from Azusa Pacific University.

Webb will be the city’s 17th police chief. Former chief Dave Brown announced his retirement from the department earlier this year and is now running for Riverside County Sheriff.

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