|Police Chief Kim Raney|
Kim Raney was appointed Chief of the Covina Police Department in April 2001. He began his law enforcement career with the Covina Police Department in 1977 and is entering his 36th year of service.
Chief Raney, 57, was born in Long Beach, California. He was educated locally and earned his Baccalaureate Degree in Organizational Leadership from Azusa Pacific University. He is a graduate of the FBI Southwest Command College, as well as USC's School of Policy, Planning and Development.
Throughout his distinguished career, Chief Raney has been active in fostering a safer community by forging strong relationships and working collaboratively with political leadership, the business community, educational leaders, and neighborhood stakeholders. He has invested countless hours in the development and management of community based youth intervention programs. In 2004, he founded the Covina Youth Accountability Board, designed to enhance community crime abatement by instituting methods proven to favorably impact the behavior and activities of first-time juvenile offenders.
In 2008, Chief Raney served as President of the Los Angeles County Police Chiefs Association, representing the 44 municipal Police Chiefs in Los Angeles County on regional and statewide issues. Chief Raney joined the board of the California Police Chiefs Association in 2009, and was selected to serve on the Executive Board in 2010. He assumed the position of President in February 2013 for a one year term.
In 2008, Chief Raney effectively led the Police Department and the community through one of the most horrific mass murders in California's history when nine people were killed on Christmas Eve at a family holiday gathering, the murderer disguised as Santa Claus. In 2009, the Covina Police Department was the recipient of the "Robert Presley Institute of Criminal Investigation Award for Investigative Excellence" for their work on this homicide investigation. Due to the department's experience and expertise in this important area, Chief Raney is frequently called upon by law enforcement agencies to provide consultative training and support in crisis management.
In 2010, Chief Raney represented the California Police Chiefs Association in their endeavor to defeat Proposition 19, the ballot initiative to decriminalize, tax, and regulate marijuana in California. In support of Cal Chiefs' position, he served as the "No on Proposition 19" spokesperson, engaging state and national news media outlets as conduits, and appeared in several broadcasted debates and interviews. Chief Raney's leadership combined with Cal Chiefs' unwavering support resulted in the ballot initiative being defeated with a majority of 54% of the California voters voting "No" on the measure.
Chief Raney was recently selected to serve on the Executive Steering Committee at Stanford University's Criminal Justice Center to study the impact of Realignment in California and identify policy and legislative recommendations. Additionally, he participates on the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Regioinal Interoperable Communication System (LA-RICS), a Joint Powers Authority representing the 88 cities throughout Los Angeles County working to build a new radio and data system for emergency responders throughout the greater Los Angeles area.
Chief Raney's twin brother Kevin is the Chief of Police for the City of Garden Grove, and they are the only twin brothers to be appointed Police Chief's in the United States.