The Elk Grove Police Department has named a new Public Information Officer to replace the retiring Chris Trim. Jason Jimenez, an 11 year veteran of the Elk Grove Police Department, has been tabbed to replace Trim who has served as the face of the EGPD for the last 11+ years.
Jimenez is a long time Elk Grove resident who attended Feickert Elementary, Kerr Middle School and Elk Grove High School. Jimenez was a pitcher in high school before moving onto San Jose State University where he was drafted by Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 1997. He worked his way through the minor leagues and eventually made it to the majors, appearing in several games with Tampa Bay and then the Detroit Tigers in 2002. His baseball career ended in 2004 with an arm injury.
After baseball ended, Jimenez started a career in law enforcement, joining the Elk Grove Police Department in 2007. He chose working the graveyard shift so he could serve as pitching coach for the Elk Grove High School baseball team during the day. Jimenez worked in the street crime and gang units with EGPD before deciding to take over as the PIO for the department this month. He has worked with Officer Trim since November, learning the intricacies of the position. He has already appeared in several TV interviews talking about incidents in Elk Grove. Jimenez said one of the biggest challenges is having to be on call and accessible in case there is a major story happening in Elk Grove. He said that means having a suit with him at all times. It also means an adjustment for his wife and two kids as well. Another change was having to know what is going on in all areas of the department, and becoming familiar with each one. When asked about the future, Jimenez said that he plans to retire with the department and looks forward to the new challenge.