CIVIC CENTER -- As a college student, Burbank Police Lt. Larry Koch
had aspirations of becoming a history teacher. In the end he settled on
police science, which turned out to be a pretty good move.
Koch, 49, a 26-year veteran who most recently has served as the
department’s public information officer, will be promoted to captain in
“It’s an exciting time to be a part of all the changes that will
occur,” Koch said.
Captain Tom Hoefel, who takes over for departing Chief Dave Newsham on
Jan. 1, selected Koch from a pool of three veteran lieutenants for the
job of patrol division captain. Koch will be responsible for overseeing
Media City Center, the communications center, the Burbank City Jail and
the Special Response Team.
Hoefel said the Koch and the other candidates, Lt. Edward Skvarna and
Lt. Robert Giles, were all well-qualified.
“There were too many for a coin flip,” Hoefel said.
“We all know each other very well and we all have worked together for
a number of years in various capacities.”
Koch started working for the Burbank Police Department in July 1973
and has moved through the ranks, serving as both a detective and sergeant
before being promoted to lieutenant in 1985. Giles will take over for
Koch as public information officer, officials said.
Koch’s promotion was one of several personnel changes announced by the
Three sear gents have been pegged to fill Koch’s position and two
other openings at the lieutenant rank that were available because Van
Miller and Duane Dow are retiring. The sear gents being promoted are
David Gabriel, Tim Stehr and Wade Taylor, Hoefel said.
Filling the three sergeant positions will be current detectives Kelly
Frank, Jose Duran and John Dilibert, Hoefel said. Officer Robert
Quesada was also promoted to sergeant to fill an additional vacancy while
a sergeant is on a long-term leave of absence, Hoefel said. The selection
process for the detective positions is still underway, he added.