CHICO — Capt. Billy Aldridge was announced as the interim Chico police chief on Monday following the retirement announcement of current Chief Matt Madden. As part of the agreement to put Aldridge in the position, he will be taking on the same salary of $170,000 that was stipulated in Madden’s contract for base pay. Madden’s long-term contract also accounted for merit increases based on performance evaluations — a five percent increase each year, though Aldridge is expected to only be filling the role for four to six months while the city conducts recruitments. The city brought in outside company Avery & Associates from Los Gatos to aid in the process of hiring a new permanent police chief.
City Manager Mark Sorensen said the total cost to the city for these services comes out to $18,400 plus travel expenses.
“Police chief interviews are many and multi-layered compared to most other positions,” Sorensen said.
Sorensen said a revised memorandum of understanding will be released this week along with the upcoming Chico City Council meeting agenda which will provide additional context for the position.