Joseph Blohm has been named Kerman's new police chief and will begin Monday.
Blohm has spent 32 years in the Fresno County Sheriff's Office, rising to the rank of lieutenant. He succeeds Bill Newton, who retired June 30 after 15 years with the Kerman department, 10 years as chief.
During his career with the sheriff's department, Blohm was assigned as emergency services coordinator; training unit supervisor; and to search and rescue. He has undergraduate and graduate degrees from Fresno State and is an adjunct professor of criminology there. He also was director of criminology at the Clovis Institute of Technology.
Blohm will manage a fiscal year 2011-12 Police Department Budget of $2.34 million, with 17 sworn officers and four non-sworn positions that include animal control and vehicle abatement.
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Lemoore man killed in Hwy. 41 crash
A 35-year-old Lemoore man died Wednesday when the pickup he was driving struck three other vehicles on Highway 41 on the southern fringe of Fresno County, the California Highway Patrol reported.
The man has not been identified. Three others had minor to moderate injuries.
The man was driving south on Highway 41 in a Jeep Wrangler and tried to pass another vehicle in the intersection of Harlan Avenue, said CHP officer Axel Reyes. As he went south of the intersection in the northbound lanes, Reyes said, he sideswiped a pickup truck that rolled into a field and started a grass fire and then sideswiped a Dodge Neon before colliding head-on with a Chevrolet Cobalt.
The driver of the Jeep Wrangler was thrown from his vehicle and died, Reyes said.
Hwy. 41 ramp work at O St. under way
The O Street Highway 41 southbound off-ramp will be under construction for the rest of the week, Fresno officials said.
The off-ramp will remain open, but has limited traffic capacity.
Selma budget cuts include layoffs
Major budget cuts in Selma have resulted in layoffs and mandatory retirement concessions from employees.
Selma has to cut $700,000 to be on budget for next year, said Dennis Lujan, Selma City Council member. The city laid off Robert Weaver, director of Public Works, and Fire Chief Jeff Kestly to save the city $250,000. The remaining $500,000 will be made up through a required 8% participation in retirement for all public employees.
The cuts come about a year and a half after 70 public employees were laid off, decreasing the city's staff to 80, Lujan said.
The cuts will be finalized at a July 18 city council meeting, Lujan said.