Ontario hires new police chief

Ontario City Manager Adam Brown announced Tuesday Ontario will hire Michael Iwai of Salem, as its new police chief. (The Enterprise/File).

ONTARIO – The city has a new police chief.

Michael Iwai of Salem will step into the city’s top cop slot in March, said Adam Brown, Ontario City manager y.

“We are thrilled. He is a really impressive individual,” Brown said Tuesday.

Iwai is currently a lieutenant with the Salem patrol office of the Oregon State Police. Brown said Iwai will retire from the agency in February. Brown said the city made its offer – and Iwai accepted the job – Monday.

“We really think he is a great fit and will hit the ground running,” said Brown.

Iwai will replace former police chief Steven Romero, who resigned in October after . . .