- Business Advocacy
Assistant Police Chief Eric Parra has been selected as the new Alhambra Police Chief.
Chief Parra was born and raised in Southern California, in the South Bay, San Pedro, and Huntington Beach. He attended Cal State Long Beach and the Sheriff’s Academy before becoming a Patrol Officer in Lynwood. Besides his patrol duties, Mr. Parra earned a law degree at Western State College of Law in 1993. However he chose to stay with the Sheriff’s Department.
His career included training and assignments in counter terrorism, which led him to many countries overseas to coordinate cooperation with them as well as federal law enforcement agencies.
When Mr. Parra left the Sheriff’s Department he was recruited by Alhambra Police Chief Timothy Vu and hired on as an Assistant Chief of Police here in Alhambra in January 2019, so his transition to chief has been seamless. His first day as chief was March 24.
“I am honored to lead the men and women of the Alhambra Police Department as the new Chief of Police,” Chief Parra said. “I look forward to continuing to provide a high level of service to all who come to Alhambra to live, work, and visit.”
Chief Vu has been Chief of Police for the last four years. Now, after 27 years in police work he is moving to a new career in academics. Chief Vu began his law enforcement career as a police officer in the San Diego Police Department in 1993. He then joined the Westminster Police Department in 1994 and rose through the ranks to become Deputy Chief. He joined the Alhambra Police Department as its chief in 2017.
“During his tenure with the Alhambra Police Department, Chief Vu’s vision, diligence, and leadership led him to support and implement several programs that have improved public safety in our community,” said City Manager Jessica Binnquist. Mayor Sasha Renée Pérez and the City Council also commended Chief Vu for his service to Alhambra.
Chief Vu’s last day was March 23. He has accepted a position as Associate Dean of the Criminal Justice Training Center at Golden West College in Huntington Beach, where he once studied.
The Chamber of Commerce and Around Alhambra thank Chief Vu for his service and wish him success in his new career. Welcome to Chief Parra with wishes for continued success here in Alhambra.