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New Ontario police chief eager to engage with the community

Steven Romero, the new Ontario police chief, chats with Adam Brown, city manager last week at city hall. Romero was sworn in as chief last week. (The Enterprise/Kristine de Leon).

ONTARIO – After 14 years of wearing a Hawthorne Police Department badge, Steven Romero is slipping into a new uniform.

Romero, formerly a lieutenant in southern California, was sworn in as chief of the Ontario Police Department last Monday at the City Council chambers. He got to work immediately.

“The city here has been absolutely amazing with exceptional people,” Romero said about his impression of the city so far. “The city staff and residents have been exceptional folks. It’s a very caring community. I challenge anyone to introduce me to someone who I’m not going to be impressed with.”

Romero started his professional law enforcement . . .