PARADISE>>The Town of Paradise is beginning the multi-step process of finding a replacement for Police Chief Gabriela Tazzari-Dineen, who will be retiring next February after serving in the position since 2012.
Town Manager Lauren Gill said that the Town has begun accepting applications now because selecting a candidate for the job involves advertising, background testing, panel interviews and training.
“It is a big investment and important decision for our community,” Gill said.
Tazzari-Dineen was sworn into the Department in 2010 after working in Mt. Shasta and Long Beach. Having worked as a peace officer in a department of nine officers as well one with 900, she said that Paradise has been a pleasant experience.
Tazzari-Dineen had especially high praise for the collaborative efforts between law enforcement throughout the county. Explaining how PPD works closely with Butte County Sheriffs and departments from other towns, she said, “There is a lot of communication and everybody jumps in to help out.”
The Town Manager said that the applicants will be going through different interviews by panels that include town council, community members and Tazzari-Dineen herself.
Until her final day, the Chief said that she is focused on keeping the department moving ahead with all of its projects and responsibilities. “My goal is to do as much up front as I can to set the person up for a good transition and hopefully fitting in perfectly,” she said.
If the process moves along accordingly, the department hopes to have the month of January as overlap for the departing chief to assist in the new one in transition.
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