Sgt. Joe Vlach

Sgt. Joe Vlach grew up in Orland and has 20 years of service experience in the Orland Police Department. 

The next Orland police chief was announced as a longtime officer and sergeant with the Orland Police Department.

According to a press release from the city, Pete Carr, city manager, announced that Joe Vlach was appointed as the new chief, effective July 1. 

“I am honored to serve Orland, my hometown, and proud to be associated with such an exceptional group of dedicated officers,” Vlach said in the press release. “I look forward to the leadership responsibility of this community service-oriented law enforcement department." 

Vlach grew up in Orland and has 20 years of service experience in the Orland Police Department, plus nine years’ service with the U.S. Air Force, according to the press release. He holds an associate degree in criminal justice, graduated from POST Supervisory Leadership Institute and completed Role of the Chief course. 

“We are fortunate to have someone so professional and capable, with such a legacy of demonstrated commitment to our nation and to this community, ready and willing to step up to this responsibility of police chief,” Carr said in the press release. “Sgt. Vlach’s outstanding preparation for the chief role speaks well of his personal caliber and of the department’s excellent efforts to provide law enforcement skills training and leadership opportunities to its officers.”

Current Chief J.C. Tolle recently announced that he will retire at the end of June, according to the press release. 

Tolle was appointed to the role in 2012, after serving nearly a year as acting chief, following 10 years as a sergeant in the Orland Police Department. 

According to the press release, Vlach’s employment agreement was presented to the City Council for approval on Monday.

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