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Hood joins Lathrop Police Services staff

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POSTED March 26, 2013 2:00 a.m.

It’s been more than a month since Lathrop Police Services lieutenant Chris Pehl rotated back to the French Camp Sherriff’s Department headquarters.

Last week the community officially learned who would be added to the roster of the department’s administrative team to handle and provide oversight when Chief Danielle Hohe is away.

Former Sergeant James Hood – a 23-year veteran of the Sherriff’s department – will take over for Pehl in a new capacity after serving under him for the last several years and getting a feel for what the position entails.

During his tenure Hood has worked as a gang officer, a direct-enforcement street-crimes officer and a sex crimes investigator. He has also worked robbery and teaches part-time at San Joaquin County Delta College.

“I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to be a part of Chief Hohe’s team here in Lathrop,” Hood said. “I look forward to the challenge and plan on being here for several more years.”

Another long-term Sherriff’s deputy – Paul Mears, promoted to Sergeant in 2012 – will handle the direct supervision of the rank-and-file now that Hood has received a promotion.

According to Hohe, Mears was recently tasked to a “multiagency, high-profile” case – she didn’t directly say, but one of the Chief’s last postings before taking over in Lathrop was overseeing the investigations division and handling the search for remains in the Wesley Shermantine murder case. He has across-the-board experience that will help him.

Getting used to a smaller area, however, will have its challenges.

“I’m excited to be working with Chief Hohe, but I come from the county, which is 1,500-square miles. I’m not used to getting to calls so quick,” he said. “I’m glad to be a part of a good group of administrators here at Lathrop Police Services. It feels good to be home.”

It didn’t take much convincing on the part of the City of Lathrop to settle on Mears for the job either.

According to City Manager Steve Salvatore, one of the things that Mears talked about when getting interviewed was about how he was working diligently to keep the overtime costs down – one of the items that he said he was most proud of.

“He is the one that we want for our team,” Salvatore said with a laugh.

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