Another change in the Mammoth Lakes Police Department served to move dynamics another step away from the problems mlpd_3-23-10of a year ago. With a new police chief, now a new lieutenant.

Mammoth Police Chief Dan Watson issued a news release Wednesday evening to announce the promotion of Sergeant John Mair to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Lieutenant Jim Short. The Chief said that the promotion will become effective some time after March 1st.

Chief Watson said in his press release that there were two internal candidates for the lieutenant spot. The Chief said both were well-qualified. He said, “They participated in interviews with public safety officials and members of the Mammoth Lakes community who were impressed with the qualifications and professionalism of both candidates.”

Sergeant Mair went to work in the Mammoth Police Department in 1996 when he served as a canine handler, firearms instructor/ rangemaster, and other assignments. Mair promoted to sergeant in 2005. He began his career with the hawthorne Police Department in 1984. He served as a canine handler, detective and SWAT officer. In 1992, Sergeant Mair transferred to the Huntington Beach Police Department where he served for four years. While there, Mair was assigned the Aero Bureau, served as range master and firearms instructor and worked footbeats, bike patrol and SWAT.

Chief Watson had recommended to the Town Council that they approve filling the lieutenant vacancy as well as filling the sergeant’s job and other personnel. The Council did okay the lieutenant and sergeant back-fill.

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