Message from the Chief

It is with great pride, humility and enthusiasm that I accept the honor of serving the citizens of Rancho Santa Margarita as the Chief of Police Services. The City of Rancho Santa Margarita is already one of the safest in the state, and I will do everything within my power to maintain that distinction.  This city is safe and beautiful because of the residents desire to make it a warm and welcoming place combined with the commitment of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department to help keep it that way.

I worked in Rancho Santa Margarita as a Patrol Sergeant and feel blessed to return to the city in this new capacity.  I will constantly strive to make improvements where possible and to strengthen the bond between the community and the fine members of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.  Thank you for helping to make Rancho Santa Margarita one of the best places to live in California.
Lieutenant Luke South, Chief of Police Services for Rancho Santa Margarita