New Chief of Police Takes Oath of Office
At the Regular City Council meeting of January 15th, the city’s new Chief of Police, Cal Kunz, took his oath of office from City Clerk Anna Bartlome.
Cal served with the Salt Lake City Police Department for over 21 years and retired in 2016 at the rank of Lieutenant. As a Lieutenant he was assigned as the Internal Affairs Unit Commander, a position he held for 6 years overseeing the day to day activities of the Department as well as all internal employee investigations, officer involved shootings and discipline procedures.
He received specialized training as an emergency operations center incident commander for Salt Lake City and was designated as an EOC Commander in the event of a major event requiring a combined effort of city resources. Cal has been an incident commander for numerous events to include tactical situations as well as weather/environmental emergencies.
Prior to the internal affairs unit, he was assigned as a Patrol Watch Commander for 3 years overseeing day to day police operations. He also served as a supervisor for several Salt Lake City units to include; patrol, patrol administration, bicycle patrol unit, training unit/police academy and the crisis intervention team.
As an Officer, Cal spent 5 years in an undercover narcotics detective assignment working for the Salt Lake City Narcotics Unit as well as the DEA Task Force. He was also a member of the SWAT team.
In 2016, after retiring from Salt Lake City, he became the Chief of Police for the city of Ontario, Oregon where he served until accepting the position as the Chief of Police for the City of West Wendover. He was chosen out of a field of over 10 qualified candidates for the position. “We could not be more pleased with Cal’s acceptance of the position”, said City Manager Chris Melville, “his law enforcement credentials and experience are excellent and his previous familiarity with our community will prove to be very helpful. He will certainly be a positive leader for the Department with his can do attitude and public service mind-set and I think those who serve with him will respect and enjoy his style of leadership in addition to his sense of humor, which I have come to find quite engaging”.
When asked about becoming the new Chief of Police Cal said, "I am very excited to become a member of the West Wendover Police Department. I have had the opportunity to meet most of our staff and believe we have a great group of people here. I hope to create a positive environment so that our employees can provide the best service possible to our community."
Cal obtained a Criminal Justice Degree, is a 2005 graduate of the West Point Leadership Program and graduated from the Northwestern University School of Police Staff & Command, session #429.
Chief Kunz we wish you the best with a hearty welcome to West Wendover for you and your family!