Manteca City Manager Miranda Lutzow announced today that the City has hired Michael (Mike) Harden to become the new Interim Police Chief effective August 10, 2020. Harden will replace outgoing Chief Jodie Estarziau.
According to the press release, Interim Police Chief Mike Harden grew up in Modesto and attended public schools. In high school he joined the Modesto Police Department Explorer Program and was hired a police officer in 1983. He served as a patrol officer, Special Investigations/Vice Officer, Homicide Sergeant, Training Unit Lieutenant, Patrol Watch Commander, Operations Division Captain, Assistant Police Chief and then retired in 2012 as the Chief of Police after nearly thirty years of service. Since retirement Mr. Harden has assisted the cities of Escalon, Oakdale, and Sonora Police Departments as an Interim Police Chief, and the City of Hughson as an Interim City Manager.
Harden earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration, attended the WestPoint Leadership program at the Los Angeles Police Department, graduated from the FBI National Academy in Virginia and completed the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training Command College as well as many other management, leadership and accountability courses.
“We wish Ms. Estarziau well on her future endeavors in service to the public,” said City Manager Lutzow. “Public safety remains our top priority for the City of Manteca, and we look forward to initiating a transparent, community-driven process to search for the perfect fit for our next Chief of Police.”
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