City of El Segundo logoEl Segundo Police Chief Jaime Bermudez has announced his retirement, effective April 1, 2024. Chief Bermudez joined the El Segundo Police Department in 1992 as a police cadet and has held every rank in the department during his remarkable 32-year career.  He worked numerous specialized assignments, supervised all field operations, and managed the Administrative Services Bureau before his appointment to chief in July 2021.

“Leading the El Segundo Police Department as the police chief has been my greatest honor and I am extremely proud of the men and women who make our police department the very best,” Bermudez said. “El Segundo will always have a special place in my heart, and I am grateful to the entire community and our City Council for their support.”

Chief Bermudez successfully led the department during a period of tremendous change following the pandemic and justice reform movement in the country.  He successfully increased the police department’s authorized staffing, with the support of City Council, by developing an industry-leading recruitment program and offering bonuses of $40,000 for new officers.  Under his leadership, the department experienced unprecedented growth. He improved efficiency within the department by restructuring patrol districts and deployments, while maintaining the highest standards of service to the community.

“I extend my heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to Chief Bermudez for his lifelong commitment to public safety and his service to the El Segundo community,” said City Manager Darrell George.  “He is an outstanding leader and has served with honor and dignity. He will be greatly missed.”

Chief Bermudez focused on building strong community relationships and providing unparalleled customer service. He personally attended all community events throughout his tenure as chief.  He ensured officers attended school graduations, civic group meetings, and the El Segundo Little League playoff games to highlight support for the city’s youth. Chief Bermudez championed a culture of service, professionalism, and mission by enforcing the principles of personal responsibility and accountability for every member of the department.

The city is currently recruiting for the position with an announcement expected in April.  Chief Bermudez will work closely with the City Manager to ensure a successful and seamless transition.