Former police chief to temporarily oversee Menifee Police Department

Chief Pat Walsh, left, will be managing the Menifee Police Department for eight to 12 weeks while Interim Chief Chris Karrer is out on medical leave. Photos provided by the City of Menifee.

Chief Pat Walsh, who successfully led the creation and operations of the Menifee Police Department for two years, will be returning temporarily to manage the department while Interim Chief Chris Karrer is out on injury medical leave due to an injury he sustained while off-duty.

Walsh, a law enforcement veteran with nearly 40 years of experience, will officially begin his temporary assignment on Monday, May 15, and is expected to serve for approximately eight to 12 weeks.

“Chief Karrer has done an outstanding job leading the Menifee Police Department and we will continue his great work to keep our communities safe,” Walsh said. “While my service here in Menifee will be brief, I am looking forward to once again working with the talented men and women we have here at the department.”

Karrer, who has served with the Menifee Police Department since its inception, was appointed by City Manager Armando G. Villa in December 2022. 

“We wish Chief Karrer a speedy recovery and look forward to having him back on the job soon,” Villa said. “In the meantime, we are grateful to have Chief Walsh back with us and know he will do a great job in leading the Menifee Police Department.”


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