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Ed Varso officially sworn in as Menifee’s new police chief

Varso is pinned by his daughter, Paisley. Photo provided by the City of Menifee.

Ed Varso was officially sworn in as Menifee’s new police chief during a special ceremony held on June 29 at City Hall. Varso succeeds Chief Pat Walsh, who announced his retirement earlier this year.

The ceremony was attended by the City of Menifee City Council, City Manager Armando Villa, representatives from state and county offices, and numerous public safety partners from across the region. The oath of office was administered by City Clerk Stephanie Roseen. Varso’s daughter, Paisley, pinned on his badge.

“It’s an honor to lead the brave men and women of the Menifee Police Department and continue the strong community-focused approach that Chief Walsh instilled in the department,” Varso said. “I look forward to working with our residents, businesses, and community leaders to further strengthen the safety and wellbeing of our city.”

The Menifee Police Department has grown to more than 100 sworn officers and personnel since launching in July 2020. The department continues to expand as part of its three-year growth plan, which includes multiple divisions such as investigations, traffic, K9, and crime scene investigation.

“The Menifee Police Department has been a tremendous asset to the city and will continue to thrive with Chief Varso,” City Manager Armando Villa said. “Chief Varso has a proven track record of success, and we are extremely grateful he chose to join our team here in Menifee.”

Varso previously served as the Police Chief for the City of Escondido, where he rose through the ranks serving as a sergeant, lieutenant, captain, and assistant chief. He has overseen several special assignments, including investigations,
emergency negotiations team, and special weapons and tactics (SWAT).

Varso holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice administration, a master’s degree in public administration, and is a
graduate of the FBI National Academy.

“We are very excited for Chief Varso to get started and meet the Menifee community,” Mayor Bill Zimmerman said. “The Menifee Police Department has exceeded expectations at every turn, and I am confident that trend will continue under Chief Varso’s leadership.”

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