Anderson City Council unanimously votes Jon Poletski to position of Police Chief

ANDERSON, Calif., — The Anderson Police Department yesterday proudly announced that Anderson City Councilmembers had unanimously voted to transition Interim Chief Jon Poletski to the full position of Anderson Police Chief. Poletski was tapped to serve as the interim Chief of Police last month, when then-Chief Michael Johnson was appointed to the position of Sheriff of Shasta County.

Poletski came to the agency, which serves a population of around 11,000, from Redding Police Department, where he had been serving as one of the department’s Captains. Although he continued to be employed by Redding PD at the time, negotiations between the two cities ended with a contract being created for his services as interim Chief of Police for the neighboring city.


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“Tonight Chief Poletski was surrounded by friends and family, Anderson Citizens, and members of our allied law enforcement agencies while he took his oath of office,” Anderson PD said in their release yesterday.

“In the short time Chief Poletski has been with our agency, it became abundantly clear that he was the man for the job,” they continued; adding, “Chief Poletski pledged to ensure the safety of our community through a proactive law enforcement philosophy as well as relationship and problem solving efforts with our citizens.”

Chief Poletski (C) was all smiles and surrounded by friends and family, Anderson Citizens, and allied law enforcement agencies while he took his oath last night. Anderson PD photo

As reported by SCNS at the time of his initial appointment to Interim Chief, while addressing the City Council at his initial appointment, Poletski also said he was committed to upholding the high standards of the Anderson Police Department, and to continuing to provide the best service possible to the City and its citizens.

“Chief Poletski comes to the Anderson Police Department to continue to the strong leadership role, proactive enforcement philosophy, and commitment to service of our community that former Chief, now Sheriff, Michael Johnson, has created,” Anderson PD said in their August 17 social media release after the former Redding PD Captain’s initial appointment to the department.

“The members of the Anderson Police Department are proud of Chief Johnson’s transition to becoming the Sheriff of Shasta County, and are excited and eager to begin working with Chief,” they added.

Chief Poletski, (R) is seen with former Chief, now Sheriff, Michael Johnson at Poletski’s initial appointment to Interim Chief last month. Anderson PD photo


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Trevor Montgomery, 50, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source (RCNS) and Shasta County News Source (SCNS).

Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County-based newspapers Valley News, Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; the Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County; and Mountain Echo in Shasta County. He is also a regular contributor to Thin Blue Line TV and Law Enforcement News Network and has had his stories featured on news stations throughout the Southern California and North State regions.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 30 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 18 grandchildren.