Santa Monica Deputy Police Chief Al Venegas is one of six recipients who will be honored with the California-based International City/County Management Association’s (Cal-ICMA) inaugural “Hall of Fame” Ethics Award for their work with the city of Bell last year.

Venegas and five other professional managers spent several weeks last year assisting the Bell City Council in restoring professionalism and ethics within the city following an alleged corruption scandal involving city officials.

According to Cal-ICMA, Venegas and the other award recipients went above and beyond the call of duty in support of the ICMA code of ethics.

Venegas, who joined the Santa Monica Police Department in 1988, will be presented the award Friday, Feb. 3 during the League of California Cities’ annual City Managers Department Meeting in Indian Wells.

Venegas previously served in the United States Marine Corps for seven years and was honorably discharged at the rank of sergeant.

As deputy chief, Venegas is responsible for the day to day operations of the Santa Monica Police Department.

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