BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Dozens of Kern County residents gathered at the Kern County Sheriff headquarters on Tuesday night to remember Commander Ian Chandler. His neighbor and friend Kevin Zimmermann said Chandler's legacy transcends his time in law enforcement and that he misses his friend. He says the Chandler family appreciates all that the Sheriff department is doing an appreciates the community's support.
On Monday, the Kern County Sheriff's Office announced the passing of Commander Ian Chandler.
According to KCSO's Instagram post, Chandler died on Sunday night. Officials did not release a cause of death.
Sheriff Donny Youngblood confirmed at a press conference that Monday would have been Chandler's 49th Birthday.
Commander Ian Chandler joined KCSO in 1997 and was recently promoted to Commander on June 22 of this year, according to officials.
Family members have confirmed that Commander Chandler’s service will be on Tuesday November 26 at 10 a.m. at the Canyon Hills Assembly of God Church located at 7001 Auburn Street in Bakersfield. The service will be immediately followed by a reception at the Buck Owens Crystal Palace.
The Chandler family said they would like to "express a sincere and heartfelt thanks for the outpouring of love and support expressed since Ian’s passing. It is very clear that Ian had touched the lives of many many people. The level of community support being expressed only serves to validate the tremendous love we have for Ian."