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Palo Alto to Shift Interim Police Chief, a San Jose PD Veteran, to Permanent Status

Palo Alto’s acting police chief is set to take over the job permanently starting next month, city officials announced Tuesday.

Andrew Binder, who will become the city’s permanent chief pending an Aug. 8 City Council vote, has served on the Palo Alto Police Department for more than seven years after 18 years with the San Jose Police Department and was named acting chief in June.

Former Chief Robert Johnson announced his retirement from the department earlier this year and is running for Santa Clara County Sheriff. He was the top vote-getter in the June 7 primary and is facing a re-election in November against retired county sheriff’s Capt. Kevin Jensen.

In the hiring process for a new police chief, “one candidate clearly rose to the top for this critical leadership position,” City Manager Ed Schickeda said in announcing Binder’s selection. “I am confident that Andrew’s experience and leadership skills position him well to advance Palo Alto’s public safety priorities.”

Binder will lead a department with 86 sworn police officers and an annual budget of $40 million, according to the city.

“I am honored to continue working with the members of the police department, City Manager Shikada and the heads of departments in the city and look forward to building on the progress we have made in providing public safety services to the community,” Binder said in a statement.

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