A new captain has been appointed at the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station, three weeks after former sheriff’s Capt. Kelley Fraser was promoted to the rank of commander and left the station for a new assignment.
Capt. Gary Honings, who previously served for 15 years in different positions at the West Hollywood Station and has been with the department since 1984, officially took the helm on Monday. Honings said he is excited to start a new chapter in his career.
“I look forward to working with the city council and the community, to build the public trust, and being very transparent,” Honings said. “I also want to continue to ensure the crime rate stays low. That’s the most important part.”
Honings most recently held the rank of lieutenant, and for the past year was assigned as an executive aide to Chief James Lopez, who is in charge of the department’s Field Operations Region II, which oversees eight municipal sheriff’s stations, including the West Hollywood Station.
Prior to that, he served for five years at the West Hollywood Station as an operations lieutenant for Fraser and former Capt. Buddy Goldman, overseeing day-to-day operations.
He also previously worked in the department’s jail system at the North County Correctional Facility, and was previously the operations sergeant at the West Hollywood Station under former Capts. Richard Odenthal, Lynda Castro and David Long.
Honings has an extensive knowledge of the city and the internal workings of the station, which makes him a good fit for the position, according to West Hollywood Mayor Jeffrey Prang.
“He is a very well respected law enforcement professional who has served in West Hollywood in an exemplary manner in the past,” Prang said. “We are very happy to have him back, and we are expecting great things.”
Honings was among a small group of candidates who were selected by the department’s command staff as possible replacements for Fraser. The candidates were then vetted by the council and the West Hollywood city manager before the final selection was made. The names of the other candidates were not released.
Honings added that his first week as captain has been busy, but also very exciting.
“I am so honored and humbled and excited,” he said. “There will be challenges ahead, but I really think we have a great team, and it will be a seamless transition because of my fifteen years of experience here.”
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