A Sonoma police lieutenant who is an 18-year law enforcement veteran of the area and who has a special connection to the city is about to become its next police chief.

The city of Sonoma has selected Lt. Brandon Cutting as its new chief of police, effective Tuesday. Cutting is an 18-year veteran of the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office, which has provided contracted law enforcement services to the city since 2004.

“After careful consideration, I am pleased to announce the appointment of Brandon Cutting as the city of Sonoma’s new chief of police,” said Sue Casey, interim city manager. “Brandon’s commitment to the department, extensive police experience in a range of leadership roles and commitment to learning and working with the community to identify issues and solutions for continued safety in Sonoma are just a few of the many attributes that impressed me and the interview panels about Brandon. I want to especially thank Orlando Rodriguez for his outstanding service to the department and the community in his role as police chief the past four years and I wish him well in the next chapter of his career and eventual retirement.”

Then-Sgt. Brandon Cutting of the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office appears in a 2017 CNN interview in which he discusses helping with evacuations during the start of the Tubbs Fire that ultimately destroyed more than 5,600 homes. (Image via CNN)

“My experiences at the Sheriff’s Office have taught me a great deal about the communities in Sonoma County, their law enforcement needs, and the department’s ability to meet and exceed those,” Cutting said. “The city of Sonoma is an idyllic community with amazing people. Being able to apply my knowledge and experiences in the leadership of your police department is an honor that I don’t take lightly.”

Cutting has a personal connection to the city.

“The City of Sonoma is dear to me as this is where I met my wife in late 1993,” he added. “Falling in love with my wife and Sonoma County kept me here after the Coast Guard, making Sonoma County my home. The beauty of your community is visible; the safety adds to that, and it is my position that your police department needs to provide a firm and compassionate level of policing to be sure the safety remains as perfect as the visible surroundings.”