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Alumnus Retires as Chief of Anaheim Police

 Alumnus John Welter (BS, Criminal Justice, 1996), Chief of the Anaheim Police Department, retired on May 16 following a 42-year career in law enforcement.
Chief Welter rose to second in command of the San Diego Police Department before becoming chief of police for the largest city in Orange County in 2004.

"Chief Welter's dedication to the City of Anaheim is to be commended, and on behalf of the entire City Council, our thanks for his service to Anaheim's residents, businesses and guests over these past nine years," Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait said in a city press release.

The Anaheim Family Justice Center, which was established as part of Chief Welter’s vision under his tenure, will be renamed in his honor. Approximately 150 city and business leaders gathered at Anaheim Hilton in early May and raised more than $50,000 to support expansion of the center.

At the fundraising event, Anaheim Councilwoman Lucille Kring announced plans to rename the building after Chief Welter. Kerith Dilley, the Foundation’s executive director, announced that the Center’s annual Community Partner award would also be named after the retiring chief.