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Escondido loses Police Chief Varso to Menifee

Escondido Chief of Police Ed Varso has been selected to be the next Chief of Police for the City of Menifee, California. Chief Varso’s last day with the City of Escondido will be Tuesday, June 28, 2022.

The City will appoint an internal Interim Chief from the Department’s command staff to ensure that community safety and internal operations remain unimpacted.

Chief Varso served the City of Escondido for 21 years, and served as Chief of Police since January 2020. Chief Varso said, “While I am excited for the opportunity to lead the Menifee Police Department, it is sad to say goodbye to Escondido. Day after day I witness a level of dedication and professionalism from all members of the Escondido Police Department that is second to none. I wish to thank the Escondido community for all of the support it has shown not only to me, but to the entire Escondido Police Department. EPD is an outstanding police department and I know that it will continue to provide exceptional service for years to come.”

City Manager Sean McGlynn said, “While this is an incredibly exciting opportunity for Chief Varso to help build a new police department and bring his leadership to a new community, it is truly a loss for Escondido. We will work quickly to engage in a national recruitment to find a replacement who will continue to advance the mission and values of our organization.”

The city of Menifee is located in Riverside County. It has a population of about 93,000.

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