Santa Ana’s police chief accepts top cop job at BART, that agency announces

SANTA ANA Carlos Rojas, who announced his resignation as Santa Ana’s police chief on Thursday, April 20, has accepted the same position with the Bay Area Rapid Transit in Northern California.

Rojas has been a Santa Ana policeman for 27 years.

BART officials, in announcing the appointment on Friday on its website, said Rojas is well-verse in community-oriented policing and “brings a wealth of Homeland Security expertise and knowledge.”


Rojas was Santa Ana’s first Latino police chief, and will be BART’s first as well.

BART’s offer is contingent upon Rojas’ successful completion of psychological exams and a background check, which could take up to 30 days. His start date is still to be determined but will likely be in late May or early June.

Rojas has faced recent criticism by some Santa Ana elected officials over a rise in shootings in town and questions about the department’s performance and leadership. After November’s city election, he lost support on the council.

Rojas’ annual salary with the city was $232,500, according to Transparent California for 2015, the most recently available reporting year. “Other pay” was listed as $13,396. His benefits package was valued at $158,120.22, putting his total compensation at $404,016.22.

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