Red Bluff Hires New Police Chief

The Red Bluff City Council has appointed Police Captain Kyle Sanders to replace Paul Nanfito as Chief of Police. Tuesday’s vote was 4-0, with Council Member Jones absent from the meeting.

Sanders has been serving as acting chief since March when Nanfito was first placed on administrative leave. Nanfito, who has since retired, was the target of a city investigation stemming from allegations of mismanagement. The investigation’s findings, however, have not been made available to the public.

“You guys are getting a great chief,” said Red Bluff Mayor Clay Parker. “I just don’t think you can get anybody better.”

Sanders has been a member of the Red Bluff Police Department since 1991. He became a patrol officer five years later and has headed the department’s operations division for the past six years. He holds a bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership from Simpson University, as well as a master’s in criminal justice from the American Military University.

Sanders was sworn in Tuesday. He will take home an annual salary of around $114,383, which is about $2,000 more than his predecessor was earning. As chief, he will oversee a burgeoning department which is currently seeking additional personnel. The City Council’s 2015-2016 budget calls for two more officers, another dispatcher, and an additional part-time community service officer.

Read more about Kyle Sanders’ appointment here.