Dorsey Selected As Fontana Police Chief

The Fontana City Council and City Manager Matt Ballantyne have elected to forego bringing an outsider in to replace Police Chief Billy Green.
After what was termed an “extensive” search that began immediately after Green made his retirement intention known in November, Ballantyne has recommended and the council endorsed promoting Captain Michael Dorsey to the police chief’s spot.
Dorsey has 29 years of law enforcement experience, including the last quarter of a century with the Fontana Police Department. Dorsey began with the department in 1998, after four years with the Redlands Police Department. Because he had not previously worked the streets of Fontana as a patrol officer, he launched right into work as an undercover officer/detective, garnering a reputation, according to an individual familiar with his work, as “an aggressive narcotics officer.” In addition to his role in the department’s narcotics and undercover divisions, he worked in gang enforcement, auto theft, on the special weapons and tactics team (SWAT) and internal affairs.
“The Fontana City Council is pleased to announce that Captain Michael Dorsey has been selected to succeed Chief Green as its next chief of police, effective March 13,” the city put out on its Instagram account. “As chief, Dorsey will direct all police department operations of both sworn and non-sworn staff.”
Dorsey has a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice from California Coast University.
“We’re thrilled to have someone of Mike’s experience and leadership during this exciting time in our city,” said Mayor Acquanetta Warren. “His deep roots in the Inland Empire and his understanding of the community and region will enhance Fontana’s already outstanding reputation for public safety and quality of life.”
“Mike has a proven track record of not accepting the status quo. He relishes in the opportunity to lead and serve with the men and women of our police department,” said Ballantyne. “His perspective will be a welcomed addition to our innovative executive management team. Within a short period of time, I have enjoyed working with Mike and look forward to partnering with him to support our staff and serve our wonderful community.”
“I am honored by the Council’s and City Manager’s support and confidence,” said Dorsey. “I look forward to helping Fontana to move forward.”
Dorsey will be sworn in at the beginning of the March 14 Fontana City Council meeting.

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