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City Hires New Indio Chief of Police

Jaffa King

City Hires New Indio Chief of Police

CREATED Dec. 14, 2011

INDIO - After an extensive three month nationwide search for Indio's next Chief of Police, City Manager Dan Martinez announced today the hiring of Richard Twiss. "Richard clearly stood out as the top choice for Indio and his commitment to the community makes him well suited to lead the Indio Police Department," said Indio City Manager, Dan Martinez.  The new chief will start on January 19, 2012. 
City Manager Martinez enlisted the assistance of the Indio City Council who created an ad hoc city council sub committee to review the list of applicants for the chief of police position.  The subcommittee was comprised of Council Members Michael Wilson and Ascencion "Sam" Torres.  "We had a top notch process that reviewed a strong pool of applicants," said Indio's Mayor, Glenn Miller.  "Richard Twiss is exceptional and will do a great job for the residents of Indio," added Mayor Miller.
Mr. Twiss has over 23 years of law enforcement experience, where he began as a police officer with the Indio Police Department after his service in the United States Marine Corps.  In his seven year service as a police officer with the Indio Police Department, Mr. Twiss conducted criminal investigations and patrol assignments up to and including watch commander.   Richard Twiss is currently the Assistant Chief Investigator for the Riverside County District Attorney's Office Bureau of Investigation where he acts as the head of the Indio [Eastern] Division.  In addition, Mr. Twiss has served several other management assignments within the District Attorney's Office including overseeing the public integrity unit.  Prior to his work with Riverside County's District Attorney's Office, Mr. Twiss was a Task Force Commander for the Firearms Division of the California Department of Justice.
Mr. Twiss earned his Masters of Arts and Bachelor's degrees from Chapman University.  He holds several professional certifications from the Commission on Peace Officers Standards and Training, and he is affiliated with the Riverside County Law Enforcement Administrators Association, Coachella Valley Chief's, and the California District Attorney Investigator's Association.  His leadership and effectiveness has garnered him several commendations from the California Attorney General, California State Senate and Assembly, District Attorney's Office and the Indio Police Department.
Twiss' successful career is rich with roots in Indio.  In addition to starting out his career with the Indio Police Department, he married his local sweetheart, Anna Luna Twiss, who is from Indio and whose family owned Gal's and Guys Hair Salon and Armando's Barber Shop.  They have two children, a daughter-in-law, and a grandson and live in the Coachella Valley. He understands the importance of community participation and involvement and has participated in community service projects along with his family through the Salvation Army Advisory Board the Rancho Mirage and Indio Noon Rotary clubs.