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The Town of Sunnyvale has named Interim Chief William "Bill" Vegas as its new police chief.
“I am pleased to announce Bill Vegas' promotion as the new Sunnyvale police chief," said Town Manager Jeff Jones. "While serving as the interim chief, he exhibited leadership and drive as both the Town and police department faced numerous challenges this past year. Chief Vegas’ extensive experience in law enforcement has been an asset to the Sunnyvale community and will help guide our growing police department.”
Mayor Saji George said, “Chief Vegas truly cares about the police department and the Sunnyvale community, and it shows. The safety of our community is a top priority, and we are confident Chief Vegas has the skills and experience necessary to get the job done.”
Chief Vegas began his career in 1991 as a police officer with the Heath Police Department. Chief Vegas has held many positions throughout his career, such as police officer, school resource officer, sergeant, lieutenant, and interim chief of police with multiple cities, including Heath, Royse City, Murphy, and most recently Sunnyvale.
Chief Vegas holds a Master Peace Officer license and is a certified TCOLE Instructor and Mental Health Officer. He is a graduate of the Institute for Law Enforcement Administration, as well as the Leadership Command College. Chief Vegas came to Sunnyvale in 2020 as a patrol sergeant and his leadership skills provided him the opportunity to progress through the ranks. He has served Sunnyvale in many capacities as a patrol sergeant, detective sergeant, police lieutenant, and interim chief of police since April 2023.