Crime & Courts

Concord taps Milwaukee police captain to be its next chief

Gary Gacek
Gary Gacek City of Concord

Concord officials said Friday they named a Milwaukee police captain to be its next chief of police.

Gary Gacek beat out more than 100 applicants for the job.

The chief’s job has been vacant since March when Guy Smith retired. Deputy City Manager Merl Hamilton, a former Concord police chief, had been serving as interim chief.

Gacek’s experience in Milwaukee and his law enforcement knowledge will serve him well in the Concord job, City Manager Brian Hiatt said in a statement.

Gacek was hired in 1990 as a Milwaukee police aide, then became a police officer in 1993. He held several positions over the years and was promoted to captain in 2009.

Since March 2014, he supervised about 200 officers and others in the Neighborhood Task Force, which is comprised of several units, including a tactical enforcement team, a motorcycle unit and fugitive apprehension.

Gacek will start his job in Concord in July. In a statement, he said it was a “tremendous honor” to be the city’s new chief.

Gacek’s starting salary is $115,000. He will lead a force with nearly 200 people, including 171 sworn officers, 20 civilians and seven code enforcement officers.

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