Police Department Fills Vacancy 

On February 23, Police Chief Dan Watson announced the promotion of Sergeant John Mair to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Lieutenant Jim Short. The promotion will be effective some time after the first of March.


Sergeant Mair began his career with the Hawthorne Police Department in 1984. While in Hawthorne, he was a canine handler, detective, and SWAT officer. In 1992, Sergeant Mair transferred to the Huntington Beach Police Department where he served for four years. While with Huntington Beach Sergeant Mair was assigned the Aero Bureau, served as range master and firearms instructor, and worked footbeats, bike patrol, and SWAT. Sergeant Mair has been with the Mammoth Lakes Police Department since 1996 where he again served as a canine handler, firearms instructor/rangemaster, and other assignments. He promoted to sergeant in 2005.


Chief Watson said, “We had two internal candidates who were both well qualified. They participated in interviews with public safety officials and members of the Mammoth Lakes community who were impressed with the qualifications and professionalism of both candidates.I look forward to working with John Mair as the second-in-command of the Mammoth Lakes Police Department.”