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Glendale police induct first-ever female commander, new deputy chief

September 13, 2013|By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com
  • Commander Theresa Goldman was appointed to a top ranking Glendale police position on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013. She is the police department's first-ever female commander.
Commander Theresa Goldman was appointed to a top ranking… (Courtesy of the…)

Top management positions in the Glendale Police Department are changing, starting with the promotion of a longtime captain and the induction of the department’s first-ever female commander.

Carl Povilaitis, a 22-year Glendale police veteran, was promoted Wednesday from captain to deputy chief and Theresa Goldman, 49, moved up from her position as the dispatch center administrator to become the department’s commander of the Administrative Services Division.

“These are very important positions in our leadership chain of command and it’s important that we selected the right individuals to fulfill these roles,” Police Chief Ron De Pompa said.

Povilaitis, 47, who is a longtime Glendale resident, started his career in law enforcement with the Glendale Police Department, where he has spearheaded major projects including the development of command areas, predictive policing and real-time crime analysis.

As the new deputy chief, Povilaitis will continue to oversee his current duties in the investigation division as well as manage all day-to-day operations of the department.

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“This is a can-do organization,” he said. “Everybody in this organization works so hard. It’s not what can’t we do or why can’t we do it, it’s how can we get it done.”

His new role will let De Pompa focus more on administrative duties, working with the legal team as well as actively interacting with the community, according to Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz.

“This is a very special position, at least in my eyes, because he will truly be my right-hand man,” De Pompa said. “But truth be known, Carl has kind of been my right-hand man throughout my tenure as chief.”

Stepping in to oversee organizational duties, Goldman, a non-sworn police employee, will use her experience to supervise fleet services as well as communications, the jail, records, budget and evidence rooms.

She will also represent the city on the governance board for the Interagency Communications Interoperability System, which delivers interoperable radio communication to the Los Angeles region.

“I look forward to the challenges,” Goldman said. “I am learning a great deal about the different bureaus here. I like what I see. I like the work that is being done and I look forward to bringing it to the next level.”

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