Christopher W. Thorsen Named New Clayton Chief of Police

November 17, 2012 11:36 am · 19 comments

Jm November 17, 2012 at 12:07 PM

He should be a resident

Noj November 17, 2012 at 1:42 PM


jj November 17, 2012 at 2:50 PM

butlers friend ??

didya hear? November 17, 2012 at 3:26 PM

Edi Birsan tried to get this job due to his experience at the Citizen’s Police Academy. Sadly, he didn’t get it. Those darn police unions railroaded him!

anon.... November 17, 2012 at 3:43 PM

So….no sworn officer currently on the Clayton PD applied for this job?

dee dee November 17, 2012 at 4:46 PM

What is with the negative comments? Chris Thorsen is a smart man with an excellent reputation. Clayton is fortunate to have hired him.

Always Right November 17, 2012 at 10:13 PM

So with 26 years of service, he will work another 4 years at chiefs pay and retire a rich man. Crazy.

No chicken little November 17, 2012 at 10:45 PM

Congratulations Chris. Extremely Capable and a Nice guy. Good luck!

Gjets November 17, 2012 at 10:46 PM

retire already, don’t be unheathy for a few dollars more, ccc sherrif, remember him…. whats the point, don’t forget about all the obese department leaders in ccc who think they are somethuing but only have the same education as the line staff.

Subterfuge November 17, 2012 at 11:42 PM


Truth Teller November 18, 2012 at 12:30 AM

Congratulations and good luck Captain (Chief) Thorsen. You have a supportive community that is eager to see you succeed. Your experience in law enforcement earned you the job, not the fact that you have not obtained a Masters Degree on your computer like so many phonies that tout that a graduate degree is more important than job experience. And most of them obtained those degrees while at work in some cush gig that requires an hour a day of effort to complete their duties. (Those reading this know who they are and that it is true). God bless you.

ChampagneKitty November 18, 2012 at 12:34 AM

to anon…. #5–Maybe…we wouldn’t know who all applied. Any sane city manager in a city as tiny as Clayton most certainly would not keep their search limited to Clayton police officers. I’m not sure how many officers there are, but it would be very few. Their entire police department staff is 27, according to their website. And that includes, sworn, civilian, and volunteer personnel. So I’m just guessing that their sworn personnel is maybe around ten? Out of those ten, how many would be interested in being the chief? And how many of those are qualified? It’s really not possible to keep the job search within Clayton, you’ve got to have a much much wider scope to search in.

Jody November 18, 2012 at 8:38 AM

Congratulations, Chris! You were a dedicated officer 25 years ago when I knew you, I can only imagine you’ve become more so with time. Welcome to Clayton!

Class Warfare you FOOL November 18, 2012 at 8:49 AM

Always Right November 17, 2012 at 10:13 PM

So with 26 years of service, he will work another 4 years at chiefs pay and retire a rich man. Crazy.

Where did you get this? From the current edition of “Socialism and Class Warfare”? Why and how do people like you come up with these stupid remarks? Tell me that there is something wrong with a person retiring from one job after 25+ years, then getting a second job someplace else? It happens all the time. It happens every day and nothing is wrong with it. Two separate companies, two separate retirement systems.

So if I quit my job as a clerk at Sears, then get a job at Rayley’s, that is somehow wrong? This is America. When did it become wrong to work hard and EARN. Your snide remark is unacceptable.

Good Luck Mr. Thorsen. Clayton is very lucky to have you!

@ Always Right November 18, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Congratulations to Chief Thorsen

Always Right- you are wrong in this case. Chief Thorsen will receive a pension from the sheriff’s office based on his 26 years of service. Based on his age after 5 years of service in Clayton he will be eligible for another pension, He will get two pensions for the rest of his life since Clayton and the sheriff’s office are in two different retirement systems. That is exactly what the current chief did and his predecessor as well. The benefit is Clayton gets an experienced professional, the downside is Clayton will be looking for a new chief in 5 years or shortly after that.
This is not a criticism of Chief Thorsen, this is the way the system is set up and I would do the same if I could.

@ Always Right November 18, 2012 at 6:52 PM

You are right. No one should get paid for the work they do. We should all work for altruistic reason; why don’t you start first?

Phillip from Clayton November 18, 2012 at 9:49 PM


Just being an officer in a department would not necessarily qualify one to be a chief of that department. There’s a HELL of a lot more involved!

Clayton Guy November 19, 2012 at 7:08 AM

Chris is a great person with superb ethics. He was the Chief in Oakley for several years and his officers loved him. He is not afraid to work and he will not buy into the small town politics. He will have no problem responding to calls and dealing with the whole incident. In other words I am very surprised the counsel took him. I have news for you folks he will not be told by anyone what to do…he will do what is RIGHT. Glad to have you Chris!!!

Truth Teller November 19, 2012 at 1:40 PM

To: Clayton Guy,

What is the purpose of this incendiary post? The residents of Clayton, the legitimate residents, (not simply those with a moniker), welcome the new Chief and do not expect anything but integrity.
It has been my experience that people like you do nothing to contribute to the good, and simply enjoy stirring the pot. The tone of your post suggests that danger is coming. And, as for your ‘small
town politics’ message – all I have to say is that the residents
of Clayton have enough will power to utilize their power to take care of any issues that they/we seem fit to. Everybody is accountable. I truly welcome the new Chief and expect him to be nothing less than professional.

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