Reorganization of the South Pasadena Police Department has taken place with three officers receiving promotions.
Sergeants Thomas Jacobs and Shannon Robledo are now lieutenants while Randy Wise becomes a corporal. All three were recognized for their achievement during Wednesday’s City Council meeting.
South Pasadena Police Chief Joe Ortiz, on the job for eight months, said a feasibility study was conducted which determined the department could be conducted much more efficiently with a rank and file change.
The testing process consisted of an oral interview, Ortiz noting that Robledo and Jacobs were complimented several times by the panel judging them about their ability to “engage in conversation, on being forward thinkers and taking on responsibility,” he explained.
Robledo and Jacobs have served in a variety of roles within the police department, including in the department’s detective bureau and in administration.
The promotions went into effect on November 25.
Wise has been a SPPD officer for 20-plus years and “did really well in the testing process,” said Ortiz, adding that the promotions has created “a lot of moving parts with the reorganization. There are potentially more movements with some of our younger guys with three to five year’s experience. So, the overall picture is exciting times at the South Pasadena Police Department.”