Coronado selects new police chief

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CORONADO, Calif. – Jon Froomin, a 30-year law enforcement veteran from San Mateo County, will become chief of the Coronado Police Department next month, officials in the peninsula city announced Tuesday.

Froomin, who has served as a captain with the Foster City Police Department since 2004, was selected from a list of seven top candidates narrowed down from a field of more than 100 applicants. He will replace outgoing Chief Lou Scanlon, who recently announced his retirement following six years in the post.

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Jon Froomin

“We are extremely pleased to welcome Jon to Coronado,” City Manager Blair King said. “He has demonstrated himself as a strong leader and a dedicated professional.”

Froomin, 45, was selected after an extensive screening and background review, according to King.

In 1983, Froomin began working for the Foster City Police Department as the first captain in its”Explorers” program for young people. He became a community service officer three years later.

In 1988, he was hired as an officer recruit, then as an officer. He went on to serve in patrol, then as a motorcycle officer and detective. He was promoted to corporal in 1997, then to sergeant and lieutenant.

Froomin grew up in Foster City and received a bachelor’s degree in public administration from the University of San Francisco.

Froomin, who is slated to start in his new position May 13, will oversee a staff of 87 and a budget of $9 million.

Since Foster City, which sits on San Francisco Bay, is similar in size and population to Coronado, Froomin will be “a great fit here,” King said.

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