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Lodi hires Stockton officer as next police chief

Capt. Mark Helms has worked for the Stockton Police Department for 25 years

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Posted: Friday, June 10, 2011 12:24 pm | Updated: 8:58 am, Sat Jun 11, 2011.

For the first time in more than four decades, a new Lodi police chief is being hired from outside the department.

Capt. Mark Helms of the Stockton Police Department will be Lodi's next chief, Lodi City Manager Rad Bartlam announced Friday.

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  • Jackson Scott posted at 8:13 pm on Sat, Jun 11, 2011.

    Jackson Scott Posts: 392

    This is fairly common practice. Usually there is a range of X dollars to be finalized as salary, days off, and other benes/perks. It's just a matter of what HR & the CC want to do, and what Helms is looking for.

  • roy bitz posted at 7:58 pm on Sat, Jun 11, 2011.

    roy bitz Posts: 503

    I expect Mr. Helms law and order experience in Stockton will help him develop programs to control crime here in Livable Lovable.
    In my view, it is strange---very strange---that Mr. Helms won the job ( according to the paper)--before both party's agreed upon compensation.
    It Seems to me Mr. Helms has all the leverage now that Mr. Bartlam has hired him ---virtually "Carte Blanc".Let the negotiation begin. PLEASE!
    Why wouldn't compensation be agreed to before awarding the job?
    Mr. Bartlam? Anyone?

  • Doug Chaney posted at 1:50 pm on Fri, Jun 10, 2011.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    Good choice, Mr. Bartlam!



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