Eric R. Nuñez was appointed Chief of Police of the Los Alamitos Police Department after a competitive recruitment process and began service on January 25th, 2016. Chief Nuñez brings a wealth of leadership experience and police futuring interests, which will be instrumental in propelling this organization into the future.
Chief Eric R. Nuñez had been with the La Palma Police Department for nearly 25 years. He graduated from Golden West College Police Academy in May of 1991 as the Most Inspirational Recruit, Class President, and second in his class overall. He rose through the ranks from police officer to his appointment to Chief of Police in La Palma in December of 2010. During his career there, Chief Nuñez worked as a Police Officer, Patrol Sergeant, Detective Sergeant, Administrative Services Bureau Sergeant, Services Division Captain and Operations Division Captain. He worked every special assignment that the department had to offer as an officer and/or as a supervisor. In 1994, he received the La Palma Police Department’s Life Saving Award and was selected as the Officer of the Year that same year. He has subsequently been awarded a number of commendations and recognition for his performance and leadership.
He is on the Board of Directors for California Police Chiefs Association (CPCA) and serves on the Finance, Legislative and Political Action Committees for CPCA. Chief Nuñez also serves as the President of the Orange County Chiefs of Police and Sheriffs Association (OCCPSA). He is the Chair on the Integrated Law and Justice Agency of Orange County (ILJAOC), Vice-Chair of the Orange County Remote Access Network (OCRAN) Board, a 10-year member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and has been a California Peace Officer Association (CPOA) member for 20 years.
He earned an Executive Master of Leadership (EML) degree from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of La Verne in Public Administration and is a recent graduate of the POST Command College (Class 57). During Command College, he wrote an article titled, “Recruiting for Emotional-Social Intelligence (ESI): Enhancing Leadership, Performance, Community Trust, and Savings Lives”, which was recently published in the Journal of California Law Enforcement, September 2015 issue. Chief Nunez is also a graduate of the Sherman Block Supervisor Leadership Institute, West Point Leadership Program and holds a POST Executive Certificate.
Chief Nuñez and his wife Molly, who is the Director of Ambulatory Care at UC Irvine Medical Center, have four children: Kyle (25) United States Air Force Academy Graduate and KC-135 Pilot and 1st Lieutenant in United States Air Force (Newly wed to Felicia Vine); Shelby (23) a business development employee with McKenna Volkswagen; Haley (16) a sophomore at Rosary Academy; and their youngest Emily (8) a 2nd grader. Chief Nuñez and his wife are expecting their first grandchild in February, “Charlotte Rose,” and are excited for this next chapter in their life.
In his free time, Chief Nuñez has coached soccer for the Fullerton Rangers Youth Soccer Club for a total of 11 years to be able to spend more time with his children and give back to his community. He has served as President of the La Palma Kiwanis Club and has been a member since 1994. He is an adjunct staff instructor at the Criminal Justice Training Center of Golden West College since 2001, a facilitator for the Simon Wiesenthal Museum of Tolerance since 1998, a trained facilitator for the Josephson Institute of Ethics, and facilitates Covey’s 7 Habits for Highly Effective Law Enforcement Professionals for Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. He attends St. Juliana’s Catholic Church in Fullerton and supports the Wounded Warrior Project, Disabled American Veterans, Children’s Hospital of Orange County and various other causes.