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Thomas Cavallero named Merced Police Chief

(MPD press release)

Thomas Cavallero has been named Merced Police Chief by City Manager Stephanie Dietz. Cavallero had served as the interim police chief since February 2020.

“Chief Cavallero has consistently demonstrated his skills and abilities in the Department and the community,” Dietz said. “He is a tremendous asset to the City and I look forward to his continued success.”

“I am flattered to be Chief,” Cavallero said. “I am pleased to accept and honored to lead the unselfish and service-oriented men and women of this Department.”

Cavallero is the former Merced County Sheriff. He served in that Department for 35 years, rising from the ranks of deputy, becoming a sergeant, commander, undersheriff, until he became Sheriff-Coroner in 2013.

Chief Cavallero and his wife, Wendy are well established in the community and have raised their two children, Nathaniel and Teresa here for over 35 years.

Cavallero’s starting annual salary will be $165,339.72 and will officially begin his role as Police Chief on November 30, 2020.

Merced Police Chief Tom Cavallero
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