June 23, 2003
Mickey Aluffi named new UCSC police chief
UCSC Police Captain Mickey Aluffi will become UCSC's new police chief
on July 1, replacing Jan Tepper, who is retiring. Aluffi, who has been
with the UCSC department for three and a half years, worked for the Santa
Cruz County Sheriff's Office for 13 years and was a Watsonville police
lieutenant and captain for 17 years before coming to UCSC.
Comparing police work at UCSC with other police agencies, Aluffi said
he likes the opportunity for one-on-one contact between police and the
campus community. "I think that's something most police agencies
aim for, and we've got it here," he said. Coming to UCSC "was
kind of like a return home," Aluffi said, adding that he was born
and raised on the west side of Santa Cruz.
When Aluffi takes over as chief, Sergeant Robert Jones will move up to
captain. Jones has been with UCSC since 1990, with a yearlong stint at
UC Santa Barbara.
The department is getting some new faces this summer. Sergeant Mark Larson
is coming from the UC Santa Barbara police force, and Officer Linda Robinson
is a recent police academy graduate. The resident police position at Mount
Hamilton will be filled by Mark McDonald, who has about 13 years' experience
with the San Anselmo Police Department.
In addition to Tepper's departure, the department is losing two other
veterans to retirement: Sergeant Nancy Carroll, who has been with the
UCSC police department since 1983, and Bill Gehri, police officer for
Mount Hamilton for the past 33 years.