Palo Alto Police Department Chief, Dennis Burns, has retired after working nearly 35 years, Patch.com reports.
Burns retired at the close of 2016; he began working with the city in 1982 and in 2007, he was tapped to become the Assistant Police Chief.
One year later, he served as the Interim Police Chief. He formally stepped into that role in 2009.
“Dennis has had a long and distinguished career with the City, and while this is certainly bittersweet, he has earned the opportunity to move into the next phase of his life,” a city spokesperson said in a statement. “Dennis has been a trusted leader and always went out of his way to add a human touch to our public safety operations. He will leave a legacy of internal organizational improvements and a deep connection with our citizens and the surrounding communities.”
26-year department veteran Captian Ron Watson will serve as the Interim Police Chief until a permanent hiring decision is made.
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