|By Jennifer Modenessi, Contra Costa Times|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
A former custody services commander at the
In an e-mail, departing chief Haggard said he was able to recruit some quality officers to work in the city during his tenure, but was not in
"Life throws curveballs at times," Haggard wrote, and said he is leaving for "personal reasons."
Nagel, 47, comes to
Born and raised in
But what Nagel described as a desire "not be stuck in an office," coupled with a need to help people, led him to the
"It was a loose-knit group and we worked well together," Nagel recalled. "Similar to
After several more opportunities, including stints in
But unlike past police chiefs, Nagel happens to live in
"That's a unique opportunity for
For his part, Nagel said he's looking forward to working with residents to maintain safety in
"I certainly have a vested interest because I live here," the new chief said. "What affects the community affects my home and family."
Nagel starts his new job Monday.
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