CHICO, Calif. – Chico City Manager, Mark Orme announced Matt Madden as the new Chief of Police for the city on Wednesday morning at City Hall.
Action News Now spoke with Chief Madden who said, "I am really, really excited, but I'm not going to kid myself, I am also nervous."
Dozens of community members, city and police staff came out to show their support as city manager, Mark Orme introduced Madden as the chief.
Chief Madden says one of the first things he's going to do is focus on building a strong relationship between the community and the department.
"I'm looking for that relationship building time, continue with our policing model, it has been effective the last couple of years but I think there's more we can do in that area. Relationships are important, it builds trust and respect and that's important," he said.
Some also felt that Madden's experience and familiarity with Chico will come in handy.
Bud Schwab said, "I'm glad they kept someone from the city, sometimes you want to hire from outside to get a different perspective but you also benefit from someone who has been there a long time."
Madden added, "I know there's things we need to work on and do well and I look forward to continuing working to bridge the gap."
Chief Matt Madden has been with the Chico Police Department for over 23 years. Former chief Mike O’Brien retired on June 5, 2020. Deputy Chief Matt Madden served as the interim Police Chief since then.