Scott Mesa

Fontana Unified School District Police Chief Scott Mesa sits in his new office at the FUSD police headquarters in Fontana on Tuesday. Mesa is the district’s first police chief who is not a member of the Fontana Police Department in about a decade. (Rachel Luna — staff photographer)

By Jim Steinberg, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 08/25/13, 8:54 PM PDT |

FONTANA >> Fontana Unified School District Police Chief Scott Mesa feels he is in a lucky position.

As the district’s first police chief who is not a member of the Fontana Police Department in about a decade, Mesa said he’s pleased with what he sees.

“I am very impressed with the officers here and the work they do with the students,” he said. “They are very, very involved.”

Mesa, 51, comes to the FUSD job immediately after retiring as deputy chief of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

Mesa brings a diverse set of law enforcement skills to the FUSD’s top job.

At the Sheriff’s Department, he started working in the jail, then moved to the narcotics/SWAT team, internal affairs, then over to Rancho Cucamonga as a sergeant, public affairs as a lieutenant, back to Rancho Cucamonga as a lieutenant. then back to internal affairs as a lieutenant.

As a captain he went to employee resources, a unit responsible for running background checks and hiring officers. Then he ran the West Valley Detention Center for a year.

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