California Police Chief- Fall 2013 - Page 21

It’s not that often they are confused for the other. It’s been at least a decade since Kevin, pretending to be Kim, tendered his resignation to Kim’s secretary. Kevin is the oldest - born 12 minutes ahead of Kim. But Kim was the first to make chief - 10 years ahead of Kevin. Not to be outdone, Kevin says: “my department is three times bigger.” They’ve never been far from one another. Growing up, Kim played a shortstop, and Kevin played second base. In football, Kim was a cornerback while Kevin played safety. They were usually on the same team. Kevin was the first to get a job in policing, as a Garden Grove cadet. Kim wasn’t far behind, applying to follow his brother to Garden Grove. He ended up at Covina because of Garden Grove’s then nepotism policy. They are the only twin-brother police chiefs in California, and are believed to be only the second set of twins in U.S. history to become police chiefs at the same time, following identical twin brothers James Peach (Kent, Ohio Police Chief ) and John Peach (Kent State University Police Chief ). The city of Kent and Kent State University have separate police departments, but frequently communicate. The twins headed their departments for several years, prior to James Peach’s retirement in 2010. Although they are fraternal twins, many people “think we’re identical,” Kevin Raney says. When Kevin Raney was sworn in as chief last year, Kim arrived in his Covina Police Chief ’s uniform. “A bunch of retired Garden Grove guys kept congratulating me. And I kept saying, ‘you might want to congratulate him over there,’” Kim says, pointing to his brother. “After about the fifth time, I finally gave up and just said ‘thank you.’” Both grew up at their respective departments, marveling at the other through promotions, award ceremonies and other successes. “It’s unusual to have two brothers grow up to be police chiefs,” Kevin says. Kim has enjoyed a highly decorated career, which includes having served as President of the Los Angeles County Police Chiefs Association and on myriad boards of directors that focus on furthering the interests of local youth and leadership in the policing profession. He is currently the 2nd Vice President of the California Police Chiefs Association. Honored as the Covina Police Officer of the Year in 1997, Kim has held several positions in the department and received numerous community and department awards, including the Lifesaving Medal and the Distinguished Service Award. His hobbies are lifting weights and “any connections to sanity,” he quipped. Fall 2011 | 21