Mon. Mar 27th, 2023
Walters plaque unveiled
Former Santa Ana Police Chief Paul M. Walters and his wife, Mary, unveil the plaque dedicating the Paul M. Walters Police Administration Building, as Mayor Miguel Pulido and current Chief Carlos Rojas applaud.

Santa Ana Dedicates Paul M. Walters Police Administration Building

By: OC Supervisor Todd Spitzer

Yesterday, Supervisor Todd Spitzer joined former Santa Ana Police Chief Paul Walters and the Walters family at the City of Santa Ana’s dedication of the Paul M. Walters Police Administration Building.

“Paul Walters is one of the longest-serving police chiefs of a major city in modern American history,” Supervisor Spitzer said. “I congratulate Chief Walters on this well-deserved honor.”

Todd Spitzer and Paul Walters
Deputy Michael Walters (Paul Walters’ son), Supervisor Todd Spitzer, Mrs. Mary Walters, former Chief Walters, and Mayor Miguel Pulido at the dedication of the Paul M. Walters Police Administration Building

Walters served as Santa Ana’s Chief of Police from 1988 to 2013 and was also concurrently City Manager from 2011 to 2013. During his tenure as Chief, Santa Ana grew from 293,000 people to 335,000 people, yet the crime rate fell to its lowest level in nearly 40 years despite budget cuts decreasing the number of police officers from 359 down to 320.

Sean Mill, Paul Walters and Miguel Pulido
Mrs. Mary Walters, Santa Ana Planning Commissioner Sean Mills, Former Chief Paul Walters and Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido

A veteran of the United States Air Force, Walters earned his Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Science from California State University, Fullerton, Master of Public Administration from the University of Southern California, and Juris Doctor from the American College of Law. His son Gary is a Captain with the Los Angeles Police Department, son Michael is a Deputy with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, and daughter Dani is a junior high school teacher in Hawaii.

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The New Santa Ana blog has been covering news, events and politics in Santa Ana since 2009.

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