Le Suer was appointed interim chief of police Monday and will hold the post until Sharpe returns to the department.
Le Suer began his career in law enforcement nearly 29 years ago when he entered the academy and signed on with OVPD as reserve officer, he said in an interview with the Star.
He climbed his way up the ranks and worked in several different divisions over the years, including DUI, undercover, SWAT, narcotics and office of professional standards. LeSuer also served as an adviser to the Explorer program, which is for teenagers who are interested in a career in law enforcement.
He was promoted to lieutenant of the support services bureau in 2005 and took over as commander of the division in 2007.
Le Suer said his priority as interim chief is to continue forward, saying “we’ve got a good thing here” and the department is full of good people who are easy to work with and be around.
“There’s always going to be new ideas that come forward and slight changes here and there, but no big changes are planned,” Le Suer said. “We’re still going to always be looking out for what the community wants.”
Le Suer said he considers Sharpe to be chief of police and the department will continue to follow his philosophy.
“It’s always about service to the community and making sure the community gets what they deserve,” he said.
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