Alan Hostetter, La Habra Police Chief, Slinks Out of OC After 8 Months on Job

The Big Bear Observation Post blog heralded December's naming of Alan Hostetter as La Habra's police chief with an item titled, “Federal Military/Prison-Industrial Complex Mole Slinks into Orange County.”

After eight months on the job–and not having been in his office since May–Hostetter is now slinking out of the working-class town.

A city official confirms Hostetter has taken a disability retirement effective Aug. 26, and that David Hinig took over as interim chief on July 12.

When he was lured away from Fontana in December, Hostetter was hailed as a believer in community policing and building relationships with residents. So, where did Big Bear Observation Post get off with the federal military/prison-industrial complex mole” stuff?

Apparently by looking at Hostetter's resume.


  • U.S. Army infantryman from 1982-86, with a tour with the 1st Cavalry Division at Ft. Hood, Texas and 3rd Infantry Division in Aschaffenburg, West Germany
  • Orange County Sheriff's Department deputy (1986)
  • Fontana Police Department (1987-2009), during which he went from beat cop to corporal to sergeant to lieutenant to captain to Fontana Unified School District police chief to Fontana Police deputy chief and finally chief
  • La Habra Police Department (December 2009-August 2010)

During his career, he has worked in patrol, SWAT, narcotics, detective bureau, traffic, internal affairs and administration. He has written articles on mentoring, training of first line supervisors and law enforcement wellness and fitness programs, with his articles being published in nationally and internationally distributed law enforcement journals.


  • Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
  • Master of Public Administration degree from California State University, San Bernardino.
  • Graduate of the 212th Session of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy at Quantico, Virginia
  • Class 38 of California (POST) Command College
  • Class 105 of the Sherman Block Supervisory and Leadership Institute

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