Hayward Police Department Names New Chief of Police

Hayward Police Department Names New Chief of Police
July 26, 2019 Hannah Jones


SFPD Assistant Chief Toney Chaplin hired to head Hayward Police Department

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Assistant Police Chief Toney Chaplin, who briefly led the department before current Chief Bill Scott got the job in 2017, was hired as the new chief of the Hayward Police Department, officials announced Tuesday.

“It is with great enthusiasm and excitement that I appoint Toney Chaplin as the next leader of our distinguished Hayward Police Department and to become its 15th chief of police,” Hayward City Manager Kelly McAdoo said in a statement.

Chaplin will begin his new job on Sept. 3, succeeding retired Hayward Police Chief Mark Koller. Chaplin and his wife, Tiffaney, and their daughter have lived in Hayward since 2006.

“Hayward has been a great city to live in, and I fully expect this will be my last job in policing,” he said in a statement Tuesday. “Hayward has an outstanding police department. With my experience, particularly around community policing, I’m confident we can increase transparency with those we serve, identify service enhancements that will be of value to the community, and make the HPD one of the very best departments in the country.”

Scott called Chaplin a “good friend and a great leader.”

“Over the course of 29 years with the San Francisco Police Department, he has risen from the rank of officer to Assistant Chief and excelled at every level,” Scott said. “Toney has worked hard to make San Francisco a safer, better place and build stronger bonds between police officers and the people we serve. His unfailing energy, optimism for our City and enthusiasm for all aspects of policing will be missed. We are grateful for his service and wish him well in Hayward.”