This month marks the 21st anniversary for Sam Kittrell as police chief of the Orange Police Department. He has now set a record of being the longest-serving head of a law enforcement agency in OrangeCounty’s history. Sheriff Chester Holts, who left office in 1969, served 20 years, 10 months and two days.
For his years of dedication to the City of Orange, he was presented with the County Record Person of the Year Award by Roy Dunn, publisher of the Record Newspapers, Tuesday at the City Council Meeting

“Sam is well deserving to be named Person of the Year. He has maintained an excellent police department for many years without controversy. His accomplishments are many and his service to the people of Orange is without question,” said Dunn.
“I think it’s certainly a deserving honor,” said Orange Mayor Brown Claybar. “He has been an outstanding chief. And he’s stepped into city management roles when asked by City Council. He didn’t seek those roles; he did it for his community.”