The City of Los Alamitos was incorporated in 1960. The Police Department began its operation in 1962.
PRIOR CHIEFS OF POLICE
Donald French, November 1, 1961 to June 30, 1968
Roy J. Kundtz, October 21, 1968 to August 1, 1974
Robert E. Cabot, August 27, 1974 to January 31, 1979
Kelson McDaniel, January 22, 1979 to October 4, 1985
James D. Guess, December 16, 1985 to August 8, 1993
Michael J. Skogh, January 3, 1994 to March 12, 1999
Michael R. McCrary, March 15, 1999 to March 11, 2007
Todd W. Mattern, March 12, 2007 – January 24, 2016
Eric R. Nuñez, January 25, 2016 – Present
Todd Mattern began his law enforcement career as a police aide with the City of Cypress in 1984, while he studied criminal justice at Golden West College. In 1985, he enrolled in the Golden West College Police Academy as an independent recruit and shortly after graduation, he was appointed as a reserve police officer in Cypress.
In 1986, Chief Mattern joined the Los Alamitos Police Department as a full-time police officer, where he has worked a variety of assignments, including patrol, investigations, press information officer, Special Weapons and Tactics, administration, and as an investigator with the Orange County Regional Narcotics Suppression Program. In 1987, Chief Mattern was recognized as Officer of the Year.
He worked as a Recruit Training Officer for the Police Basic Course at the Golden West College Criminal Justice Training Center from 1997 – 2004. He believes mentoring recruits and helping to shape their careers has been one of the most rewarding aspects of his law enforcement career.
In 2008, Todd Mattern became the eighth Chief of Police in the City of Los Alamitos and he holds the distinction of being the first officer in Los Alamitos’ history to rise through the ranks to head the Department.
He received his AA degree from Coastline Community College after earning his Certificate of Achievement in Administration of Justice at Golden West College, and his BS degree in Occupational Studies from California State University, Long Beach. Additionally, Chief Mattern is a graduate of the prestigious FBI National Academy. Recently, Golden West College awarded Chief Mattern with the Pillar of Achievement Award, which recognizes selected alumni who have achieved notable recognition in their field of endeavor.
Chief Mattern is sincerely fond of the community he serves. He sat on the Boards of the Casa Youth Shelter and Los Alamitos Medical Center. He was also a proud member of the Los Alamitos-Seal Beach Rotary Club and was named as the club’s 2011-2012 Rotarian of the Year. Also in 2012, Rotary District 5320 named Chief Mattern their Business Rotarian of the Year for Leadership Excellence.
Chief Mattern retired in October of 2015 and remained on an interim basis until the new Police Chief was named.