Introducing Brian Ahearn, Arcata's New Police Chief

Jan 3, 2019

L-R: KHSU host, Lorna Bryant and Arcata police chief, Brian Ahearn
Credit Jessica Eden / KHSU

Newly appointed Arcata police chief Brian Ahearn has been on the job nearly two months and is making a point to connect to his new community. 

Ahearn brings more than 30 years of police experience to Arcata. His law enforcement career began with the San Diego Police Department as a patrol officer in June 1986. He climbed in the ranks, reaching the level of captain in 2011, before accepting the top cop title with the Arcata Police Department November 2018.

If you happen to spot Chief Ahearn at an HSU basketball game, or in line at one of our local markets (like I first met him) feel free to say hello. He can be reached via email at He is also open to phone calls on his cell phone (non-emergencies, of course) at 707-601-6943. Arcata Police Department's main number is 707-822-2428.

Welcome, Chief Ahearn!