San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office names new undersheriff

The San Mateo County Sheriff Christina Corpus is getting a new second-in command following the recent departure of her undersheriff, Chris Hsiung.

In a statement Friday, the sheriff said that “as of this morning, Hsiung is no longer with the Sheriff’s Office.”

The sheriff did not provide details on the reasons behind Hsiung’s departure, but stated in a press release that the two had “come to the understanding that it is best for the organization to go in different directions.”

Hsiung, who served in the role since February 2023, “departs with our sincerest thanks and best wishes for his future endeavors.”

Dan Perea will step into the position on July 1, after serving 33 years with the San Francisco Police Department. The sheriff’s office said Perea is “aligned with Sheriff Corpus’ vision for the Sheriff’s Office, emphasizing transparency, community engagement and exceptional public service.”

Hsiung wrote in a LinkedIn post announcing his departure that he’s “excited for this next chapter, where I’ll be able to dedicate my time to coaching, mentoring, and especially the work of The Curve, to help advance our profession forward; equipping leaders to bring much needed change to policing culture.” The Curve is a non-profit that supports the modernization of policing strategy and leadership.

Other recent changes in the Sheriff’s Office include a new police chief to oversee the Coastside Patrol Bureau in Half Moon Bay. Capt. Richard Cheechov will replace Rebecca Albin, who left after nearly three years in the role to pursue other law enforcement opportunities.

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