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Menifee City Council honors retiring police chief

Members of the Menifee City Council honor retiring Police Chief Pat Walsh. Photo provided by the City of Menifee.

The Menifee City Council honored retiring Police Chief Pat Walsh, who had his final radio call on Tuesday, June 28, at 4:01 p.m.

Walsh’s law enforcement career spans over 38 years, including nearly three years building and overseeing the Menifee Police Department, which officially began operations in July 2020.

“Establishing the Menifee Police Department and working with our brave men and women has been the pinnacle of my career,” Walsh said. “It has been an honor to serve the Menifee community, they have been so supportive of their police. I am looking forward to spending more time with my wife and family in retirement.”

Walsh began his law enforcement career as a Los Angeles County deputy sheriff in 1984 before transferring to the Portland Police Bureau in 1992. He served the people of Portland for 22 years, many spent as an undercover narcotics investigator assigned to a Federal Drug Interdiction Task Force. During this time, he also received a chief’s commendation for his work in dismantling a multi-state drug distribution ring and served as a supervising sergeant for the Narcotics and Vice Unit.

In 2014, Walsh was selected as the police chief for the City of Lompoc, where he served until stepping into the role as police chief for the City of Menifee.

Following a national search, the City of Menifee announced Edward Varso III as the next chief of police. Vaso is a Menifee resident and the former police chief for the City of Escondido. He will be sworn in at a special ceremony today, June 30, at Menifee City Hall and will assume his new duties on Tuesday, July 5.

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