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Kiely Named Police Chief
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The position he has been filling on an interim basis is now permanent.

Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson and Riverbank City Manager Jill Anderson have announced Lt. Erin Kiely’s appointment as Chief of Police Services for the City of Riverbank.

“He has done an outstanding job,” City Manager Jill Anderson said of Kiely. “I am sure he will continue to do an outstanding job for the City of Riverbank.”

Lt. Kiely is a 16-year veteran of the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office and was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on June 1, 2013. He began his career in Riverbank as a Patrol Sergeant and was appointed Interim Chief of Riverbank Police Services on April 8 of this year after Chief Bill Pooley accepted the position of Undersheriff with the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office.

On Thursday, Nov. 21 at a special City Council meeting, council members in closed session voted 5 to 0 selecting Kiely as the permanent Police Chief. The action was reported following the closed session.

Lt. Kiely has served in a variety of assignments within the Sheriff’s Office including Investigations, SWAT Team Leader and Commander of the Sheriff’s Mounted Unit. He’s served in many different leadership roles and “has earned the respect of the employees and the communities we serve,” said Sheriff Christianson.

Lt. Kiely holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from California State University, Stanislaus and an Advance Certificate from the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training. He has received multiple commendations and awards throughout his career and Christianson said his work in public safety and serving the community is exemplary.

There are 18 sworn personnel, several records personnel, and a community services officer that are part of the team that makes up the Riverbank substation. Riverbank is one of four cities in Stanislaus County that contract for police services through the sheriff’s department.

“I see myself here for an extended period of time,” said Kiely. “The permanent position will give me the opportunity to see long term goals to fruition.”