Corcoran hires Lemoore captain as next Police Chief

The new chief will take over by the end of the month.

Corcoran announced the hiring of Maggie Ochoa on Thursday as its next Police Chief. 

Ochoa comes to Corcoran with decades of experience in local law enforcement. 


The big picture: Ochoa started her career in law enforcement as a reserve police officer with the King City Police Department in 1995. 

  • In 1998 Ochoa became a full-time police officer with the Lemoore Police Department and advanced in the department to most recently serve as a Captain and second-in-command for the past four years. 
  • Ochoa also has served as an adjunct instructor with the Kings-Tulare Police Academy for 13 years. 
  • Her first day on the job will be Jan. 29, and she will be sworn in at the Corcoran City Council meeting on Feb. 13. 
  • Ochoa succeeds former chief Reuben Shortnacy, who led the department for 23 years. Former Kings County Undersheriff Dave Putnam has been leading the department on an interim basis since Shortnacy retired last July. 

What they’re saying: “I pledge to work tirelessly to make a positive difference in the lives of the people we serve,” Ochoa said in a press release. “It has been my experience that by fostering open lines of communication and embracing inclusivity and diversity, we can collaboratively address the issues affecting our city and build safer neighborhoods for everyone.” 

  • Corcoran Mayor Jeannette Zamora added, “We are fortunate to have such a high caliber and dedicated law enforcement professional join our city team and fill this critical position.” 
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