Will Bigham, Staff Writer
Created: 09/19/2011 12:26:22 PM PDT

UPLAND – Jeff Mendenhall, a 29-year veteran of the city’s Police Department, has been formally appointed as police chief, City Manager Stephen Dunn announced Monday.

Mendenhall, whose previous rank was captain, has been the department’s acting chief since January, amid former chief Steve Adams’ 10-month period of sick leave.

Adams was granted medical retirement for a heart condition last week by the City Council.

“Jeff has led the Police Department through a period of uncertainty and will be able to provide clear direction for all the department employees, as well as contribute to the overall stability of the city,” Dunn said in a news release.

Mendenhall’s oath of office will be administered at a City Council meeting at 7 p.m. Sept. 26, according to the news release.

“I am honored that the city manager and the City Council put their confidence in me, and I look forward to working with the great men and women of the Upland Police Department, and look forward to continuing to provide great community service to the citizens of Upland,” Mendenhall said.

Mendenhall holds a bachelor’s degree from Cal State San Bernardino and a master’s degree from Cal State Long Beach. Two weeks ago in Folsom he completed command college, an 18-month program provided by Peace Officers Standards and Training.

“I live in the city,” Mendenhall said. “I consider it my community. I take pride in the community.”

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