Hermosa Beach officially got its new police chief Tuesday, with the swearing-in of Sharon Papa by Mayor Patrick Bobko.
The 2 p.m. ceremony at Hermosa Beach Community Center Theatre with Sheriff Lee Baca making an appearance.
The new chief told Patch last week that she is quite aware that "Hermosa does turn into a different town at night," and that will be part of the challenge she will face in policing it.
“It is a different challenge at night," she told Patch.
But her first order of business is to go out and meet business owners and residents to find out what they see as their biggest issues, and then help the town deal with them.
“It will take me 90 days or so to get my arms around that," Papa said, adding that she will attend City Council meetings.
However, she is sure the town will assist her in understanding the workings and quirks of the community quickly.
“It’s a very active and engaged community.”
A veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department, Papa served more than 15 years with one of the nation’s largest municipal law enforcement agencies, most recently in the position of assistant commanding officer in the Operations Valley Bureau.
In that position, she was responsible for the oversight of approximately 2,500 sworn and civilian personnel.
Prior to her service at the Los Angeles Police Department, Papa served as the Chief of Police of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Police Department.
In addition to her work experience, Papa has served as the president and as an executive board member for the Peace Officers’ Association of Los Angeles County, a nonprofit organization.