Culver City police chief announces his departure

Wave Staff and Wire Reports

CULVER CITY — Culver City Police Chief Manuel Cid will be leaving the agency next month, the city announced Dec. 27.

Cid has been with the department for 18 years. He became the department’s interim chief in 2020, and was appointed to the job the following year. His last day will be Jan. 15 and Assistant Chief Jason Sims has been named the department’s interim chief, according to the city.

“It is with a heavy heart that I leave the department and community I’ve called home for the last 18 years,” Cid said in a statement posted on the department’s website. “It’s been my professional life’s honor to serve this community. I’d like to thank the many of you for the years of support, I will certainly miss you all.

“I leave the CCPD in great hands, and have no doubt the department will continue to thrive and improve moving forward. I look forward to saying my good-byes to many of you over the next few weeks, prior to my departure, and I wish the entire [Culver City] community all the best in the future.”

Cid was the 26th person to serve as chief of police in Culver City. He graduated from Whittier College with a bachelor of arts degree in political science and also holds a master’s degree in public administration and organizational leadership from National University.

Cid is a graduate of several advanced law enforcement development and training courses, including the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute, LAPD’s West Point Leadership Program, the California Peace Officers Standards and Training Executive Development Course, and the FBI’s National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.

During his career, Cid has received several department awards, including the Sustained Superiority Award, the Distinguished Service Medal and the Police Department’s Career Achievement Award.

He has held leadership positions at the local, county and state levels, including currently serving as an executive board member for the Los Angeles Interagency Metropolitan Police Apprehension Crime Task Force, as well as a member on the California Police Chief’s Association, LA County Police Chief’s Association and the FBI’s National Academy Associates.