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Police Department Leadership Changes

There´s a new chief in town.

New Sonora Police Chief Mace McIntosh took the oath of office last night during a brief ceremony at the start of the city council regular meeting at city hall. It was standing room only in the council chambers — the crowd made up of fellow law enforcement officers, firefighters, city officials and friends. McIntosh comes to the Mother Lode from Red Bluff. His mother and daughters were also at last night´s ceremony.

McIntosh will take over the department the first week in July when 30-year law enforcement veteran Chief Duane Ellis retires.

Certificates of recognition from the Sonora City Council and California State Assemblyman Dave Cogdill were presented yesterday to Sonora Police Chief Duane Ellis and Police Lieutenant Patrick Tonegato.

Chief Duane Ellis said he was proud and honored to have served Sonora for three decades.

Also with 30-years of service to Sonora, Lieutenant Patrick Tonegato told the crowd that he and Chief Ellis couldn´t have made it without the backup they´ve had from staff and the city council.