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Posted on: March 3, 2022

Aliso Viejo Police Services Welcomes New Chief


The City of Aliso Viejo has selected Captain Scott Merrill to serve as the new Chief of Police Services, following the retirement of current Chief of Police Services, Captain Chad Kajfasz. Captain Merrill joined the Orange County Sheriff's Department in 1997 after serving as a combat infantryman in the United States Marine Corps. In his time with the Sheriff's Department, he has served in Custody Operations, Motorcycle Enforcement and as an investigator with the Economic Crimes Detail and the Orange County Intelligence Assessment Center. He also worked multiple ancillary assignments, including coordinating training for Drug Recognition Experts and supervising the department's response on the Major Accident Reconstruction Team. Most recently, he served as a Lieutenant at the Theo Lacy Facility, overseeing day-to-day operations.

Sergeant Chad Phillips will be taking over for current Administrative Sergeant Brett Gardner. Sergeant Phillips started with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department in 1994 and has worked in patrol and investigations and served as an administrative deputy in the City of Mission Viejo. He was promoted to sergeant in 2019, and joined Aliso Viejo as a patrol sergeant in 2021. Captain Merrill and Sergeant Phillips both begin serving the City of Aliso Viejo on March 11.

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