Saturday, June 9, 2012

El Cajon Police Chief Jim Redman -- a Grossmont College graduate


El Cajon Police Chief Jim Redman, a Grossmont College graduate

    The tradition is continuing for Grossmont College graduates who are serving as El Cajon police chiefs.
          Jim Redman, who graduated from Grossmont College in 1999 with an associate degree with honors in Administration of Justice, recently was named chief of the El Cajon Police Department. He succeeds Pat Sprecco, also a Grossmont College grad.
          “I received a terrific education at Grossmont, and it has helped prepare me for my job to provide the citizens of El Cajon with the highest quality of service,” Redman said. “Our city is rich in diversity and civic pride, and staying connected to valued community resources like Grossmont College is part of our commitment toward community oriented policing and improving the quality of life in El Cajon.”
   
          Redman, 53, an El Cajon police captain before his promotion, has been with the El Cajon Police Department for 24 years. He started in 1988 as a patrol officer and was promoted to patrol sergeant in 2002. As a sergeant, Jim created and administered the department's First-Line Leadership course, developing succession planning through leadership, ethics, discipline and mentoring.
               In September 2007, he was promoted to lieutenant and then to captain in 2009. Redman, an El Cajon resident, and his wife, Roxanne, have three grown children.
               Sprecco, Redman’s predecessor as chief, has been honored with a spot on Grossmont College’s Walk of Fame and spoke at Grossmont College’s commencement in 2010. His career with the El Cajon Police Department spanned 38 years, and he served as chief from 2008 to 2011.
             Sprecco graduated from Grossmont College in 1976 with an associate degree in Administration of Justice.  He is one of 13 members of his family to attend the El Cajon college. In fact, Pat and his parents, Ralph and Gretchen Sprecco, both of whom worked in law enforcement at the time, attended some of the same classes together at Grossmont College.