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Former Sheriff Cavallero named interim Merced police chief

Second leader named in less than two months

Tom Cavallero was a 35-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Department.
Tom Cavallero was a 35-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Department.

Tom Cavallero has been named the interim police chief for the City of Merced, less than two months after MPD Capt. Matt Williams was named to the same position.

The announcements have followed the retirement of former Police Chief Christopher Goodwin in mid-December.
Cavallero is a former Merced County sheriff who took over the position after Sheriff Mark Pazin stepped down in 2013 and before a new sheriff (Sheriff Vern Warnke) was elected by voters.

Overall, Cavallero served in the Sheriff’s Department for 35 years, rising from the ranks of deputy, becoming a sergeant, commander and undersheriff.

He will now oversee the Merced Police Department until a new chief is selected.

“I am honored to have been offered the position,” Cavallero said. “I’ve worked with this department for many years and it has excellent men and women who are dedicated, professional and highly trained. I’m here to provide guidance, supervision and the impartial oversight that someone from outside the department can give.”

Said City Manager Steve Carrigan: “Tom is the right candidate to serve as a bridge while we search for a new police chief. He has decades of law enforcement experience, he knows Merced, and he has the ability to connect with people.”

The city will hold a nationwide recruitment for the new police chief.

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