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Mike Borges now Escalon police chief
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Mike Borges retired in March as deputy police chief.
The 34-year Ceres Police veteran didn't sit idle for long.

The city of Escalon has hired Borges, 57, of Ceres, as police chief there. The small San Joaquin County city that lies north of Modesto on Highway 120, has been without a permanent police chief for almost two years. A search for a chief started in October as the department was operated by the sergeant who served as interim chief. In March a candidate was offered a job from among 18 applicants but changed his mind and didn't take the job.
and on Monday, June 16 the Escalon City Council offered him the $99,000 per year job.

Borges will start work on July 14.

The Escalon department is vastly smaller than the Ceres department which Borges helped to operate.

When he retired his Ceres post in March, Borges said he factored into his decision his frustration with state lawmakers who make it harder for law enforcement, coupled with the stress of trying to craft budgets. He also noted being tired of "dealing with a population that at times doesn't want to accept responsibility for their own actions" and the frustration of putting the right people into sworn officer positions.

Borges will get to work quickly in a search for Escalon's seventh officer. The city of 7,200 residents has only six sworn officers and a sergeant. Grant funding could help the city had more personnel.

Borges started his career with Ceres Police Department on April 14, 1980. He worked under three chiefs and was promoted to sergeant in 1988 by then Police Chief Pete Peterson. Borges held virtually every job within CPD. He served as a detective from 1984 to 1987. Corporal and field training officer status in 1987 and 1988, patrol sergeant in 1988 to 1998, detective sergeant from 1999 to 2003, and patrol sergeant 2003 to August 2005. He was named by Deputy Police Chief in August 2005 by Chief Art deWerk. When the city suffered budgetary hard times that resulted in department head layoffs, Borges was assigned as the city's Human Resources Manager from August 2009 to August 2011.