Chief Dunford was appointed Chief on July 29, 2002 succeeding Chief Walt Murken who retired. Chief Dunford was a police captain for the Burlington Northern Santa Fe RR prior to his appointment. He started in law enforcement as a reserve officer with the Los Angeles Co. Sheriff's Department in 1978. He was a Turlock police officer from 1989 to 1993, then worked for the railroad security force in San Bernardino and the Modesto area the past 9 years. Chief Dunford is now the Chief of Police in Gustine, CA.
Walter P. Murken
1990 - July 2002
Chief Murken joined the department as a reserve officer in 1973 after serving in the Navy during the Vietnam war. He was hired as a full time officer in March of 1974 and was promoted to Sergeant on July 1, 1980. In December 1989 took a position with the San Joaquin County Marshal's office. He returned to EPD in 1990 and was appointed Chief of Police.
Chief Middleton served the department from 1988-1990. He moved on to become the Chief of Police in Patterson, CA and from there to the Chief of the Sherwood, Oregon Police Departement where he is today.
Jack B. Storne
Chief Storne started as a patrolman in 1974. With previous experience with police departments in Sand Point, ID; Lakewood, CO. and Hayward, CA. He was appointed Chief in July of 1980 when Chief James J. Black retired. He later also held City Manager's job. He held both positions until he stepped down in 1988 to take the Chief of Police position in Gridley, CA. He retired in 2005.
James J. Black
Sept. 1963 - July 1, 1980
Chief Black was a Marine veteran of WW II who came to Escalon PD as a reserve office in 1950. He was hired full time in 1957 and appointed Chief in September of 1963 to replace Cheif Donald Stewart who died in the line of duty that year. Black retired in 1980.
Donald P. Stewart
January 1953- August 24, 1963
Chief Stewart came to the department from the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Dept. He was appointed Chief in 1953 and held the position until his death in the line of duty on August 24, 1963. He is the only officer of the department to be killed in the line of duty
Ben Puckett was appointed as interim Chief in 1953 when Chief Tom Bailey resigned. Puckett later went on to work for the Oakdale Police Dept.
Chief Bailey came to the department in 1948 as a patrolman. He was appointed Chief in 1950 after Cheif Joe Korman left the department. Chief Bailey left the department in 1953 to go into business as owner of the Valley Inn on Main St. in Escalon.
1939 to 1950
Chief Korman began his career in the late 30's as a night watchman patroling the city. When the Police Protective District was formed in 1939 he was appointed the first Chief of the department. He continued as Chief until 1950 when he left to go to work for the Hannan Private Patrol Service. He later worked for the Department of Corrections at Folsom Prison.
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March 1, 2010 - August 1, 2012
Jim Shaw, retired Chief of Police at Stanislaus State College in Turlock, was appointed Escalon Chief of Police on March 1, 2010 to replace Chief Dunford who left for the Chief of Police job in Livingston, CA. Chief Dunford is now the Chief of Police in Gustine, CA.
Chief Medeiros began his law enforcement career as a reserve officer In 1977. He became a full time Officer with the City of Exeter (Tulare County) in 1978. During his tenure there he worked as a Patrol Officer, Detective, Operations Sergeant and Detective Sergeant. He left the department in late 1997 for the private sector and later returned to law enforcement and worked for the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department (Deputy II) for two years assigned to the patrol substation located in Porterville, Ca. In March of 2001, Chief Medeiros joined the Escalon Police Department as a Police Officer and was promoted to Sergeant 14 months later and has served in that capacity ever since. Chief Medeiros earned a B.A. degree in Criminal Justice Management and a P.O.S.T. Supervisory Certificate. He is married to his wife, Andrea, for the past 20 year, and they have three children, two sons and a daughter, all of which are in their teens.
August 1, 2012 - March 31,2014
Recently retired Modesto Police Chief Mike Harden has come out of retirement to serve as the interim Police Chief in Escalon. The city’s search for a permanent chief hit a snag when the candidate they chose for the job unexpectedly turned it down last month. So city council members sought to find a local, interim chief to serve for the next few months while they start the search process again. Sgt. Milt Medeiros had been serving as acting chief but will resume his duties as a sergeant within the department, as Harden officially came on board Monday, March 31, 2014. Harden has a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration. He also went through the FBI National Academy. (Courtesy of Escalon Times)
March 31, 2014- July 14, 2014
Mike Borges, former Deputy Police Chief with the Ceres Police Department, has been hired as Escalon's new Police Chief effective Monday, July 14, 2014. Chief Borges has thirty-four years of law enforcement experience having worked nearly every assignment while employed with the Ceres PD. Chief Borges earned as Associate of Arts degree in Administration of Justice from Modesto Junior College and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from CSUS. Chief Borges is married and he and his wife Susan and have three adult children and six grandchildren. Borges replaces interim chief Mike Harden who has held the position since March 31, 2014.
July 14, 2014 -
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