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New Ontario police chief puts focus on community and collaboration

Steven Romero was recently named chief of police in Ontario. (Submitted photo)

HAWTHORNE, California – Ontario’s new police chief, Steven Romero, is big on building partnerships between police and local community groups.

“I think Ontario is good fit for me, with its local government, community and diversity of cultures,” Romero said in a brief telephone interview Monday. 

City manager Adam Brown announced the selection of Romero, a lieutenant with the Hawthorne Police Department in Southern California, last Friday. He succeeds Cal Kunz, who left to take a job in West Wendover, Nevada.

Romero said the opportunity in Ontario also falls in line with his professional goal of becoming a chief of his own department.

 “Of all places I looked at for police chief openings, Ontario was the perfect fit,” he said.

Romero hopes . . .