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Lathrops new police chief to be announced next week
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LATHROP – The name of the new Lathrop police chief who will replace former Chief Dolores Delgado will be announced Tuesday, Jan. 29, by Sheriff Steve Moore.

The official announcement will be made at the Sheriff’s Office in French Camp, said Sheriff’s Public Information Officer, Deputy Les Garcia.

He would not say how many were interviewed for the job of top cop for the city of Lathrop. In the last few weeks, City Manager Cary Keaten had interviewed a number of eligible candidates for the position. Police chief candidates have to hold the ranks of at least lieutenant or captain in the Sheriff’s Department to be eligible for consideration. Delgado started out as a lieutenant while assigned to the Police Services in Lathrop and was later promoted to captain.

The police chief candidate selected by the city manager does not have to be confirmed by the City Council.

Delgado was the second female to hold the police chief title in Lathrop, after former chief Barbara Moffit who has since retired from the Sheriff’s Department.

Delgado’s last day as Lathrop police chief was “several weeks” ago, Garcia said. Like her police chief predecessors who went back to the Sheriff’s Office after finishing their stint in Lathrop, Delgado is back working at the Sheriff’s Office; however, she is currently on personal leave, Garcia said.

During her years of service in Lathrop, Delgado received a number of awards including the prestigious California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce recognition in 2008 for being California’s highest-ranking Latina in law enforcement who is not a political appointee. She was also the recipient of the Mayor’s Award of Distinction from the city of Lathrop that same year.

Delgado was assigned in Lathrop for about eight years. She was made Lathrop’s police chief in 2005.

She is a 24-year veteran of the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office. She holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from the University of the Pacific in Stockton and the University of San Francisco, respectively.

The city of Lathrop contracts its police services with the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office. The current contract will expire on June 30 this year.