Steve Simpkins, a 16-year veteran of the Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff, has been selected as the new Police Chief for the Town of Danville. Simpkins, a Watch Commander with the Contra Costa Sheriff’s Department, will be the fifth Police Chief in Danville’s 28-year history.

In announcing the appointment, Town Manager Joe Calabrigo said, “I’ve spoken with Sheriff Rupf and advised him that we would be delighted to have Lieutenant Simpkins come to Danville to carry forward the history of outstanding leadership that we’ve enjoyed with each of our former chiefs.”

“Steve has a well rounded background in law enforcement and is committed to public service.  I was impressed with his sincerity, communication skills and his commitment,” Calabrigo added. “I believe that he will be a great fit for our community and our police department.”

Lt. Simpkins, 39, is currently assigned as a Watch Commander for all operations of the Sheriff’s Office during non-business hours.  His prior experience with the department includes working in Field Operations, Custody Services and assignments in the contract cities of Orinda and San Ramon.  Danville contracts with the Office of the Sheriff to provide police services for the Town.

Lt. Simpkins holds a Bachelors Degree in Organizational Leadership from Chapman University and an Associate of Science in Criminal Justice from Solano College.

Lt. Simpkins succeeds Chris Wenzel who served for seven years in the post and is returning to the Sheriff’s Office as Commander in charge of the Administration Bureau.

The new chief is expected to assume his new duties in August.