Santa Maria - North County

City of Santa Maria appoints Acting Chief of Police

Phil Hansen has over 40 years in law enforcement

SANTA MARIA, Calif. - Police Commander Phil Hansen has been appointed as Acting Chief of Police for the Santa Maria Police Department who will take over department operations when Chief Ralph Martin retires on June 23.

Santa Maria City Rich Haydon made the announcement on Tuesday.

Hansen has 40 years of law enforcement experience, including the past four years with the Santa Maria Police Department. He was hired in April 2013 by Chief Martin to help reorganize the department and its operations.

Hansen served 36 years with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and has served on several course development committees for the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training.

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