Santa Monica Deputy Chief Phil Sanchez will be named the next Pasadena police chief, according to a report by the Pasadena Star-News, which cited an anonymous source close to the hiring process.
City officials have not yet named Sanchez, but have said that the candidate for the job is undergoing a psychological exam and background check this week, and will be revealed to the public next Tuesday.
Sanchez could not be reached for comment.
The city manager was given the task of selecting Pasadena’s new police chief but has never released the names of the finalists for the job.
Sources close to the selection process named the three finalists as Sanchez, interim Police Chief Chris Vicino, and Covina Police Chief Kim Raney.
The 53-year-old Sanchez has served his entire career in the Santa Monica Police Department and was a candidate to become chief during the previous hiring process in 2006.
Sanchez has served in a number of different departments in Santa Monica. He developed the Santa Monica Police Department’s Special Entry Team — the city’s version of SWAT.
He graduated from the Naval Postgraduate School, Center for Homeland Defense and Security with his Master’s Degree in Security Studies in 2009, and has authored several published articles on the use of deadly force and how it affects police officers.
He has been an adjunct instructor at the Orange County Sheriff’s Academy for nearly 10 years, and twice has been awarded the SMPD’s Medal of Courage for heroic actions during tactical operations.
He’s also worked in the department’s Internal Affairs office.
If hired, Sanchez would oversee a department of 246 sworn officers with a budget of roughly $60.8 million. The top salary for chief of police in Pasadena is $212,015.