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Brian Kalinowski has been appointed a Galt police lieutenant.

Posted: Wednesday, July 31, 2013 12:26 pm | Updated: 2:47 pm, Thu Aug 1, 2013.

The city of Galt has hired a police lieutenant from Contra Costa County to replace former Lt. Jim Uptegrove, who retired last month after 26 years of service with the Galt Police Department.

Brian Kalinowski, a former Contra Costa County Sheriff’s lieutenant, will start work on Monday. The city declined to release any salary information or negotiations, as he is not yet a city employee.

He was chosen from a final candidate pool of nine, according to Galt City Manager Jason Behrmann. While there were two internal applicants, neither made it to the final interview step, he said.

Kalinowski will serve as the operations lieutenant and oversee many of the functions previously managed by Uptegrove, including patrol, traffic and SWAT units. There are only two lieutenants in the department and they are second in command to Galt Police Chief Willliam Bowen.

Kalinowski has worked for the Sheriff’s department for the past 22 years, and served as a lieutenant for the last six. He unsuccessfully ran for the elected position of Sheriff-coroner in Contra Costa County in 2010, and has served as an Antioch City Council member.

In that capacity, Kalinowski endorsed Lodi’s Ricky Gill in his failed attempt at a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives last year.

Kalinowski did not run for re-election in 2012, after serving three four-year terms on the city council.

While lieutenant, he held a variety of positions, including chief of the Health Services Security Unit, Communication Center director, Detention Facility manager and Civil Unit manager. He was also a hostage negotiator, association representative, Team Building Committee member and Crisis Intervention Training coordinator, and has served in the past as a detective sergeant and an Auto Theft Task Force member.

“Lt. Kalinowski brings years of experience and dedication to the law enforcement profession,” Behrmann said in a press release. “I am very pleased with the outcome of our selection process.”

After the initial screening of 20 applicants, the city invited the top nine candidates to participate in a day long assessment which included two independent interview panels made up of members of area law enforcement agencies. The process, which also included a written assessment, was overseen by an outside consultant.

Each candidate was given a final score and the top four were interviewed by both Behrmann and Bowen. Neither of the police department's two internal candidates made it to the final interview process, Behrmann said.

Kalinowski, who holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice management from Union Institute and University from Cincinnati, also served as a police sergeant in San Ramon, which contracts with the Contra Costa Sheriff’s Department for service. There, he got his taste of a city police department.

“After leaving the city of San Ramon, I realized that I enjoyed municipal and community policing,” he said. “I see Galt as a good fit, allowing me additional professional development.”

He has two elementary-age sons. Since his current commute time and his new commute time will be similar, he said he doesn’t plan to move from Antioch to Galt anytime soon.

“Based on my experience and community involvement, I understand the community expectations for services and how to facilitate the department’s growth, while meeting those expectations,” he said. “Simply put, I know how to prioritize my time — and the staff’s time — to ensure best use of limited resources.”

Meanwhile, the city plans to hire five police officers to begin this month and next, bringing the department up to nearly full staff levels in terms of sworn personnel.

Contact reporter Jennifer Bonnett at jenniferb@lodinews.com.

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