Clovis City Council names Capt. Matt Basgall as police chief

A major change in leadership is around the corner for the City of Clovis.
November 17, 2013 12:00:00 AM PST
A major change in leadership is around the corner for the City of Clovis. City council members have approved a new police chief to head the department after the current Chief, Janet Davis, retires at the end of the year.

With a unanimous vote the City of Clovis welcomed Capt. Matt Basgall into a new role as incoming police chief. On Monday evening council members and Major Lynn Ashbeck praised Basgall's strong leadership skills.

"I feel excited. I look forward to taking on the position as police chief," said Captain Matt Basgall.

City manager Robert Woolley believes Basgall has proved himself during his long tenure.

"He was very well experienced these 23 years and he has been in every division and he's very well qualified so it made the selection very easy," said Woolley.

The Captain has worked on many of the city's most violent homicides. He started his career in 1990 and worked his way up through the ranks. Basgall investigated several high profile cases including the Neng Yang arrest, Yang, the former Freedom Elementary school teacher is charged with 45 counts of sex abuse in a case involving a second grade student. Basgall also played a key role in the busts of prostitution rings operating at massage parlors.

"I think as the city grows one of our biggest challenges is going to make sure that we grow with the city," answered Basgall.

The incoming chief is now looking at new ways to deal with the growing population. Captain Basgall, his wife and two daughters live in Clovis.


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