Bakersfield’s newest police chief Lyle Martin has been officially sworn in. Martin took over the reins from Greg Williamson Wednesday during a ceremony at City Hall, and he says lowering violent crime is at the top of his agenda.
The new chief plans on meeting with community groups in a few weeks after getting his leadership team in place. Martin also wants to cut down on the number of drunk driving deaths in town and bring in retired detectives to solve cold cases.
Martin did not directly address the controversial officer-involved shooting of an unarmed elderly man but did say he is committed to making the department more open.