South Pasadena Chief of Police Announces Early Retirement

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South Pasadena Chief of Police Joe Ortiz (Photo –

South Pasadena Chief of Police, Joe Ortiz, announces his intention to retire effective March 1, 2021.

By News Desk

Sean Joyce, South Pasadena interim City Manager, appointed Deputy Police Chief Brian Solinsky to serve as interim Chief until a successor is named.

The announcement came after many organizations and citizens complained of bias within the South Pasadena Police Department. Chief Ortiz was placed on administrative leave after the opening of an investigation of the department, which was revealed by City Manager, Sean Joyce at the City Council meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 18. Chief Ortiz will remain on paid administrative leave until his retirement.

In a letter to the community, City Manager Joyce said:

I wish to congratulate Chief Ortiz on his 27 years in municipal law enforcement in the cities of Glendora, Sierra and South Pasadena. I especially thank Chief Ortiz for his service to his country as a member of the U.S. Air Force and the Air National Guard.

Joe Ortiz was appointed Chief of Police for the City of South Pasadena on April 1st, 2019.


Edited by Margaret Prietto

News Desk

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