OKCPD's first Hispanic deputy chief named police chief in Fresno, California
DEC 17, 2020 - Paco Balderrama, who was heavily involved in community outreach on behalf of the Oklahoma City Police Department, served as the department's first Hispanic deputy chief, and was the face of the department during a tenure as spokesman, has been named chief of police in Fresno, California.
He takes over in Fresno Jan. 11.
Balderrama, 44, has been an Oklahoma City police officer 22 years.
Raised in El Paso, Texas, he moved with his family to Oklahoma City in 1993 and graduated from U.S. Grant High School in 1995.
He was OKCPD's longtime spokesman, seen often on television and quoted in print.
As a deputy chief, he has overseen the Special Operations Bureau. His assignments have included Operations