Atascadero appoints new police chief
October 17, 2011
The city of Atascadero announced the appointment of a new chief of police on Monday.
Jerel Haley, currently a lieutenant with the Santa Maria police department, is slated to start his new post in mid-November.
Former Atascadero Police Chief James Mulhall resigned suddenly in January and Cmdr. Steve Gesell has been serving in the top cop position during the interim.
“Jerel is the right person to lead the police department at this time,” said Atascadero City Manager Wade McKinney. “Jerel is clearly a proven leader at the Santa Maria Police Department with an impeccable reputation.”