Iwai ready to take the reins of Ontario Police Department

Mike Iwai, who will soon retire from the Oregon State Police, will step into the chief's position for the Ontario Police Department March 1. (The Enterprise/FILE).

ONTARIO – Mike Iwai can thank ABC for triggering his desire to become a police officer.

Iwai, who has been hired as Ontario’s new police chief starting next March, said when he was a child he watched “The Six Million Dollar Man,” a 1970s TV series on ABC about a former astronaut who was transformed into a bionic man.

“When I was in middle or elementary school I remember watching the bionic man, and I remember him being equipped in a way to help people,” said Iwai.

Iwai replaces Steve Romero, who left the position in October.

Iwai has come a long way since the . . .