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New police chief named in Folsom is a 23-year veteran of the department

Hillman has worked for the Folsom Police Department since 1995.
Hillman has worked for the Folsom Police Department since 1995. City of Folsom

Commander Rick Hillman will replace outgoing Chief Cynthia Renaud as head of the Folsom Police Department, the city of Folsom announced Friday.

A 23-year veteran of the department, Hillman is serving as active chief until his swearing-in ceremony Monday, April 23, the same day Renaud formally takes over the Santa Monica Police Department.

Hillman served in FPD’s K-9 and SWAT units before taking leadership positions in the patrol, investigations, professional standards and internal affairs units.

He has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice management from the Union Institute and University, and most recently oversaw the Police Department’s Operations Bureau.

“I am honored to have this opportunity to lead the men and women of the Folsom Police Department,” Hillman said in a statement. “As a longtime member of the department and resident of Folsom, I look forward to enhancing our progressive outreach programs and working hard to keep our community as one of the safest in the nation.”

Renaud's seven-year run as chief was marked by a focus on holistic public safety, including and having officers practice stress-reduction exercises before they hit the streets. The moderate Republican moved from presiding over a 106-employee, $21 million department to one with 460 employees and an $86.6 million budget.

Hillman and his wife of 32 years have three children and six grandchildren. He served in the Placerville Police Department for 7½ years before coming to Folsom in 1995, according to his LinkedIn profile.

Benjy Egel: 916-321-1052, @BenjyEgel

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