ALAMEDA’S TOP COP HEADED TO FAIRFIELD
Tibbet’s official hiring is pending a background check and approval of Fairfield’s City Council.
Alameda Police Capt. Mike Noonan will run the department on an interim basis while the city seeks out a new chief.
“I’m very proud of the work we did in the department,” Tibbet said.
He said Fairfield contacted him about the job and that “they made a very compelling argument for some of the issues they’re facing up there.”
Tibbet started his law enforcement career in Alameda in 1972, working here for eight years before heading to San Jose, where he earned the rank of captain and also the department’s Medal of Valor, a Hazardous Duty Award, and two City Council commendations during his 26 years there. He returned to Alameda as chief in 2006.
Tibbet is also a recipient of the National Exchange Club’s Blue and Gold Wounded in Service Award and he has served as an instructor in the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Supervisory and Management programs for a decade.
While in San Jose, he worked on cutting-edge strategies to address youth violence and intervention strategies – work he thinks he can continue in Fairfield, which has its own issues with youth and gang violence. Here in Alameda, he has continued his youth and community outreach efforts and streamlined the department in the face of tough economic times.
Tibbet replaces Larry Todd, who has served as Fairfield’s interim chief since September 2009.
“We are gratified to find a chief of Walt’s caliber, coupled with the positive impacts he has made throughout his career, to join the Fairfield Police Department. Walt brings strong department organizational skills, is personable, and is an adept fiscal manager,” Fairfield’s city manager, Sean P. Quinn, was quoted as saying in a press release announcing Tibbet’s tentative hire.
Tibbet said he’ll miss Alameda and the officers he worked with here, and that he is proud of the work the department has done during his tenure, which included everything from handling high profile cases like the Halloween 2007 slaying of Iko Bayarsaikhan to a myriad of small things he says his officers do behind the scenes in an effort to keep Alameda safe.
“This has just been a great experience for me, for my wife. We really enjoyed it here,” Tibbet said.