City of Clovis Police Chief Appointed

Nov 14, 2013 No Comments by

CLOVIS – Clovis City Manager Rob Woolley has announced the appointment of Capt. Matt Basgall as the new police chief, following the retirement of Chief Janet Davis, to become effective Dec. 31, 2013 upon confirmation by the City Council.  Capt. Basgall has served in nearly every division in the Clovis Police Department over the last 23 years. He succeeds Janet Davis, who served as chief for the last 5 years.  Capt. Basgall grew up in Clovis and attended Weldon Elementary, Clark Intermediate and graduated from Clovis High.

Capt. Basgall began his career in law enforcement with the Clovis Police Department as an officer in 1990 after completing the Fresno Police Academy. He was promoted to corporal in 2002, to sergeant in 2006, to lieutenant in 2008, and to captain in 2010. Capt. Basgall has served as a patrol sergeant, field training officer, detective, reserve coordinator, Mounted Patrol Unit coordinator, K-9 handler, Neighborhood Corporal and Youth Services sergeant. During the last year, Capt. Basgall has overseen some very innovative, proactive crime-fighting strategies to arrest law-breakers and to protect those living, visiting and working in the City of Clovis.

Capt. Basgall is a graduate of CSU Stanislaus where he earned his bachelor of arts degree in criminal justice. In April of this year, after 18 months of studies, Capt. Basgall graduated from POST Command College with enhanced skills for managing the future, preparing for emerging issues in the industry, anticipating future trends and forward/strategic thinking.

Capt. Basgall is very active in the community, including serving on the Clovis Police Foundation board, on the Marjaree Mason Center board of directors, as member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and the California Police Chiefs Association.

“Captain Basgall brings a long and well-rounded police background to the position, and upholds the Clovis Police Department’s mission to provide superior protection and service in a manner that builds public confidence and improves the quality of life in our community,” Woolley said.

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