Ontario police chief sees needs in agency as he departs for Nevada

Cal Kunz, Ontario police chief, will depart after a two-year stint. Kunz will take over the West Wendover, Nev., police force. (The Enterprise/Kristine de Leon).

ONTARIO – Not long after Cal Kunz became Ontario’s chief of police, he confronted an unexpected challenge.

The department’s portable radios were outdated and failing.

When he worked at the Salt Lake City Police Department, Kunz said a failed radio took no time to replace.

 “In Salt Lake City, there was a depot. You walked in and handed in a radio. They handed you a new one and it worked,” said Kunz.

That wasn’t the case in Ontario.

 “I had to learn how radios work. What towers they bounce off. It was a big learning curve to me. I had to learn . . .