Supervisor Lisa Bartlett Congratulates Paul M. Walters on Becoming Orange County District Attorney Chief of the Bureau of Investigations
SANTA ANA Calif – Supervisor Lisa Bartlett, Fifth District, congratulated Paul M. Walters today for being named Chief for the Orange County District Attorney’s Bureau of Investigations. One of longest-running law enforcement leaders in California history, Walters had served as Bartlett’s Chief of Staff since she took office in 2014 almost three years ago. Deputy Chief of Staff, Victor Cao has been named as the Supervisor’s new Chief of Staff.
“Paul is a committed, experienced and professional public servant. His 40-plus years of experience in law enforcement, local government as a city manager and in our board office at the Fifth District will serve him well as he takes on this new role,” Supervisor Bartlett said. “Although I will miss working closely with him, I look forward to watching his continued success with the District Attorney’s Office.”
Walters served as Chief of Police in Santa Ana, California, from 1988 to 2013, the longest run as chief in a major city in modern U.S. history. He oversaw a department that shifted from over 400 officers serving 293,000 people to 320 officers protecting 335,000 residents – and a total population of over 500,000 during the working day. During his tenure, the crime rate dropped to the lowest level in almost 40 years.
The department received many local and national awards, including several by the California Attorney General, the Governor of California, and both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, and the Orange County Board of Supervisors.
Recognized as a national innovator and leader in policing, Walters received the Director’s Award from Director of the FBI, Louis Freeh, for exceptional public service and leadership. At the time of this award, he was only the second person in the history of the FBI to receive this award who was not an FBI employee.
Paul is also an Executive Fellow with the Police Foundation, Washington, DC. The Police Foundation’s mission is to advance policing through innovation and science. It is the oldest nationally-known, non-profit, non-partisan, and non-membership-driven organization dedicated to improving America’s most noble profession – policing.