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Monday, Jan 28 2013 11:41 AM

Pilkington released from duties as Bear Valley chief

Bear Valley Police Chief Joe Pilkington was released from his duties on Friday afternoon, Jan. 25.

According to Sandy Janzen, assistant general manager of the Bear Valley Community Services District, the chief was let go during his probationary period.

"It was a unanimous vote of the board of directors due to an incompatibility of management styles," Janzen noted, adding that this was an action allowed by the district's contract with the chief.

Pilkington retired March 10, 2012, from the Kern County Sheriff's Office and was named Interim Chief of Police by the Bear Valley Community Services District Board of Directors during a special meeting on Tuesday, March 13, 2012.

His most recent assignment with the KCSO had been as Commander of the Mojave Sub-station of the KCSO. He replaced former BVS Chief of Police Terry Freeman who was terminated by the board.

Janzen said Sergeant Rod Walthers will handle administrative details for the department and the district's new General Manager, Jeff Hodge, will oversee operations with the assistance of the Stallion Springs Chief of Police Brad Burris as part of our mutual aid agreement.

She added that it is expected that someone from the California Chief of Police Association wil be assigned to serve as Chief on interim basis until a new chief is hired.

Efforts to reach Pilkington for comment were unsuccessful due to no contact information being available.

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