McLaughlin sworn in as chief

Rebecca Neipp

News Review Staff Writer

McLaughlin  sworn in  as chiefAs this edition was going to press, Jed McLaughlin was being officially sworn in as the chief of the Ridgecrest Police Department, a role he has been filling in a temporary capacity since his predecessor Ron Strand was appointed city manager.

The ceremony was held Dec. 7 at 6 p.m.

McLaughlin moved to Ridgecrest in 1994 following a four-year stint in the U.S. Navy. He worked at Naval Air Weapons Station, China Lake, before being hired by RPD in 2001.

During his 17 years with RPD, his assignments have ranged from patrol to crime suppression to general investigations to watch commander. He also served a term as president of the Police Employees Association of Ridgecrest.

Other career accolades include being named Officer of the Year and Supervisor of the Year. While employed at RPD he earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice with an emphasis in organizational management.

McLaughlin, his wife and their three sons are active in the community, as well. McLaughlin has been awarded the Boy Scouts “Advisor of the Year” award. He has been president of the Indian Wells Valley Football Association for the last six years, and he coaches baseball and football.

Story First Published: 2017-12-08