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Hunter officially named Police Lieutenant
Sworn in during City Council meeting Monday
BARSTOW• Former Barstow Police Interim Lieutenant Mike Hunter earned the right to drop “Interim” from his title when he was sworn in as the new lieutenant during Monday’s council meeting.
“He’s played a key role and has been instrumental in assisting me in implementing several major projects for the department,” Police Chief Albert Ramirez said Tuesday.
Hunter follows in Ramirez’s footsteps as being a recent in-house promotion for the department. Ramirez was bumped from interim chief to full time in November. And, like Ramirez, Hunter had been carrying out his current role’s responsibilities for several months before the promotion.
Hunter moved from San Diego at age 6 when his father got a job in Barstow. Hunter said it was his father, who was a police officer in Tuscon when he was born, that encouraged his entry into the force.
In February of 1989, Hunter officially joined the Barstow Police after graduating from the academy and serving 16 months as a reserve.
He remembered when he received an officer assistance call with shots fired while he was stopping someone for a traffic violation.
“I remember hearing that, and I was a rookie officer, and you’re always trained, as soon as you hear that — you get to them quick,” he said.
In his hurry, he said he left the scene of the traffic stop with the driver’s license and registration, though he returned it to the driver sometime later. While he wasn’t involved in the shoot-out, himself, one officer was injured and ended up retiring.
Since then, the father of three, has notably held the position of sergeant and been responsible for traffic issues within the city. In addition to becoming the Special Response Team Commander, K-9 Coordinator and overseeing internal affairs investigations and the training department, Hunter would like to get more rigorous in effectively enforcing traffic laws in Barstow — something he said could result in eliminating some of the traffic collisions.
The process to being hired as the full-time lieutenant involved Ramirez conducting a work performance assessment and Hunter interviewing for the job. There was one other candidate who was considered.
“I’ve been a member of the community for several years, member of the department for several years,” Hunter said Tuesday. “I’ve always enjoyed my job, enjoyed interacting with the public. I look forward to the time I can spend in this position.”