MSJC Board accepts Police Chief Resignation

The Mt. San Jacinto College Board of Trustees accepted today, Dec. 10, 2009, the resignation of Kevin Segawa, former college police chief. The resignation comes about a week after the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office filed eight felony and two misdemeanor counts against Segawa.

The Board announced Segawa’s resignation, effective Dec. 10, 2009, after closed session during its regular meeting. The college District will pay him his accrued vacation and other paid leave in the amount of $36,029.

“This action is in the best interest of the college, its staff and students,” said Superintendent/President Roger Schultz after the meeting. “It is time to move forward and continue our focus on providing the highest quality education for our communities.”

Mt. San Jacinto College officials placed Segawa on paid administrative leave in July 2009 during an investigation by the District Attorney’s Office. It is routine for agencies to place personnel on leave during an investigation.

“The District acted swiftly to ensure continued public safety and stability within the MSJC Police Department and hired an interim police chief in July 2009,” said Irma Ramos, Vice President of Human Resources, District Safety and Security after the meeting. “We will continue to provide a safe educational and working environment.”

Terry Meadows, a 30-year veteran of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department who retired as a lieutenant, continues to serve as interim police chief for the college.