Kelson McDaniel, chief of police in Los Alamitos since 1978, has been named chief in San Clemente to replace Gary Brown, who left city service in March to take a job in private industry.
McDaniel, 48, whose 24-year career in law enforcement includes 17 years as a patrolman and lieutenant with the Newport Beach Police Department, will assume command of San Clemente’s 63-member police force on Oct. 7.
According to City Manager Jim Hendrickson, McDaniel was selected from a field of about 115 candidates, including police chiefs, captains and lieutenants from various California cities. A three-member panel chose the top three finalists. They were then interviewed by Hendrickson, who cited “maturity and experience” as the key factors in his decision to hire McDaniel for the $54,300-a-year job.
McDaniel, who made an unsuccessful bid for the job in 1977, said he is eager to relocate to San Clemente, where he plans eventually to retire.