Los Gatos Police Captain Tabbed to Become New Chief

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Los Gatos/Monte Sereno police Capt. Matt Frisby will become the agency's new police chief starting Aug. 1, a Los Gatos town official said today.

Los Gatos Town Manager Greg Larson said that Frisby, a 21-year veteran of the Police Department, will succeed current police Chief Scott Seaman, who is retiring in August after 12 years of leading the force.

Frisby, who started with the department as a reserve officer in 1993 and has previously served as acting chief, has supervised all of its operations sections, including patrol, support services and investigations, according to Larson.

He was the lead investigator into the homicide of 53-year-old Mark Achilli, the former owner of Mountain Charley's saloon and 180 Restaurant and Lounge who was gunned down outside his Los Gatos townhouse on March 14, 2008.

Three men, Esequiel "Paul" Garcia, Miguel Chaidez and Lucio Estrada were found guilty in 2010 of first-degree murder in the death of Achilli. Garcia received a life sentence and Chaidez and Estrada each got 25 years to life in prison.

For its successful probe into the Achilli murder case, the Police Department received the Commission of Peace Officers Standards and Training's Investigative Excellence Award and recognition from the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Larson said.

Frisby also served as the department's intelligence officer, SWAT command officer, terrorism liaison officer and field training coordinator and was a task force agent and supervisor of the California Bureau of Narcotics.

He holds a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Union Institute & University in Ohio, a master's degree from California State University, Long Beach and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Virginia.

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--Bay City News


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