Sheriff’s captain to retire; Malibu has new liaison

New captain to be named in March. New sheriff’s liaison for Malibu began tour in Malibu this month.

By Christie Lopez/Special to The Malibu Times

After serving the Malibu community for more than 20 years, Lost Hills/Malibu Sheriff’s Station Capt. Jim Glazar is retiring after serving for less than two years as captain.

At a young age Glazar knew he wanted a career in public service and even considered joining the Fire Department. Starting as a policeman in the Santa Monica Police Department in 1969, Glazar began his career with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department two years later when he transferred to Malibu in 1971, where he worked for the next six years. Moving from the police department to the Sheriff’s Department meant additional responsibilities for Glazar. The Sheriff’s Department not only has a larger area of jurisdiction (encompassing the entire county) but also, said Glazar, the department deals with the courts and jail system as well.

Promoted to sergeant in 1977, Glazar left Malibu to work on assignments in other Los Angeles County areas. Moving upward in the ranks, then Lt. Glazar returned to Malibu in 1988 where he performed multiple assignments including lieutenant watch commander, detective lieutenant and traffic lieutenant. In 2001, Glazar was named captain of the Lost Hills/Malibu Sheriff’s Station. The Lost Hills division includes five cities–Malibu, Calabasas, Westlake Village, Hidden Hills and Agoura Hills-and, in addition, has jurisdiction over 138 square miles of “unincorporated area” including Topanga, Malibu Lake, Chatsworth, Lake Manor and Monte Nido.”

After 34 years in the profession,” Glazar said he is “ready to do some other things,” which include traveling around the country in his motor home, volunteering and spending time with his grandchildren. Glazar has lived in Thousand Oaks for the past 30 years and has been married for 35 years. He has two daughters and five grandchildren. For the past eight to 10 years, “motor-homing” has been among Glazar’s favorite hobbies. Other hobbies include reading, running, cross-country skiing and, of course, volunteering.

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“I’ve really enjoyed working in the community and working with the community,” Glazar said.

When he came back to Malibu–and especially in his past few years as captain–Glazar became involved with many of Malibu’s service clubs (the Lions Club, the Optimists Club and the Rotary Club to name a few). Glazar said he appreciates the friendships he has made through these volunteer organizations and says he hopes these relationships continue in the years to come. Last year, the captain organized a donation through the Malibu Lion’s Club to Mission with Bikes, a volunteer project that repairs and donates bikes to needy children. The Lion’s Club adopted an inner city Los Angeles school and presented a bicycle to students with perfect attendance. Last year 30 bikes were donated to 30 students for perfect attendance, and this year Glazar said there are twice as many students with perfect attendance–which means twice as many bikes for repair.

Glazar said his retirement will allow him more free time to help with the Mission With Bikes project. He said he is also looking forward to volunteering with organizations such as Habitat for Humanity. As he put it, “The world is a whole lot better when we help others.”

Glazar will retire on March 17, 2003. The new captain, who will be selected by Los Angeles County Sheriff, Chief Law Enforcement Officer Leroy Baca, has yet to be determined. The sheriff will compile a list of potential candidates to be reviewed by the five city managers; they will then assess the candidates’ qualifications, conduct interviews and make a recommendation for appointment to Sheriff Baca.

New Malibu liaison

The future captain won’t be the only new addition to the Lost Hills staff. As of this month, Malibu has a new Sheriff’s Department liaison, Lt. Gloria Gressman, replacing Lt. Steve Van Herpe. Glazer said the liaison works with the Malibu city manager and staff ensuring communication between the city and the Sheriff’s Department “to rapidly accomplish the city’s goals.”

Gressman first came to Malibu in 1980 as a deputy for the Sheriff’s Department. After eight years of patrol in Malibu, Gressman transferred to Marina del Rey as a patrol sergeant then worked at Pitchess Detention Center, a men’s county jail. In 1997 she returned to Malibu as a narcotics sergeant and was later promoted to lieutenant. In November 2002, Gressman was named Watch Commander of the Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station and recently became Malibu’s liaison. Gressman welcomed the chance to return to Malibu.

“It’s like home to me,” she said. “Most of my career was spent in Malibu … and I will retire here.”

Malibu’s new liaison is 53 years old and grew up in Encino. According to Gressman, who is single and lives in Agua Dulce near Palmdale with her two dogs, said she has “no time for hobbies.”

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