Sierra Madre has a new police chief.

City officials announced Saturday, March 21, they selected Rodrick Armalin, most recently a unit commander with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, for the job.

“We are very excited for Chief Armalin to join our team,” City Manager Gabriel Engeland said in a statement. “He brings incredible experience to the city, is community focused, and is committed to developing the members of the Police Department.”

Armalin made the move after more than 30 years with the Sheriff’s Department. Sierra Madre’s statement said he has significant experience with community-oriented policing, emergency management and preparedness, mass trauma event response and homelessness.

In his most recent post with the Sheriff’s Department, Armalin managed 176 personnel who provided all law enforcement services to nine community colleges.

“I am extremely excited about working with the men and women of Sierra Madre Police Department,” Armalin said in a statement, “and eagerly anticipating meeting and becoming a member of this wonderful community.”

The chief position has been vacant since April 2019.

The city also promoted Sgt. Henry Amos to the rank of police captain.