For the 12th time, Garden Grove has a new police chief. Captain Todd Elgin, a 27-year veteran of the department, assumes his new assignment as Chief of Police on January 1, 2015. His predecessor, Chief Kevin Raney, will remain in the top spot through the end of 2014 to assist Elgin in the transition.
“I’m honored and humbled to be selected as the next Police Chief of the Garden Grove Police Department. I look forward to working with the great men and women of this department and throughout the City,” says Elgin.
City Manager Matt Fertal, who made the official selection, says, “Todd has proven himself as a knowledgeable professional who relates well with the staff and is a respected leader in the department.”
Elgin began his career with the GGPD in 1987 as a police recruit, graduating as Honor Cadet before becoming a police officer in 1988. In 1998, he was promoted to sergeant, in 2002 to lieutenant, and later to captain in 2008.
According to Chief Raney, “Todd has excelled at every assignment over his 27 years of service with the department, from patrol officer to SWAT, to Gang Suppression, to captain. I know the department will continue in the right direction under his watch.”
The Chief selection process began several months ago, following Chief Raney’s announcement to City Manager Matt Fertal of plans to retire at the end of this year, after a 38-year career with the department. Elgin, and another highly-qualified veteran of the department, Captain Travis Whitman, were the only two candidates considered for the position. The selection process included a number of interviews with internal evaluators and outside boards, Mayor and City Council, and a final interview with the City Manager.
Elgin pointed to the strong partnership and support the police department shares with the community, and said he will focus on continuing to build those relationships, while directing the department to “protect, serve, and enhance Garden Grove’s quality of life, above all.”
Elgin is married to his wife, Karen, and has three adult children. He enjoys spending time off with his family and friends, hiking, and watching Denver Broncos games.