SACRAMENTO – Today Rick Braziel, City of Sacramento Police Chief, announced his retirement effective December 29, 2012.

“This is a great loss for our community,” said City Manager John Shirey. “Rick is the most capable Police Chief I have worked with over my long career.”

Chief Braziel is known for his innovations in leading the police force to new and more effective ways of addressing and preventing crime. While at the same time, he took the helm at the beginning of the great recession and led the Police Department through consecutive years of budget cuts and downsizing.

Chief Braziel began his service in 1979. In his 33 years with the City of Sacramento, he has worked a variety of assignments including K-9 Handler, Patrol Sergeant, Patrol Watch Commander, Captain of Metro (SWAT, K-9, Bomb Squad, Air Operations, Marine), and Captain of Narcotics/Vice. He was appointed as the City of Sacramento’s Police Chief in December 2007.

The City Manager will develop a plan for the selection of a new police chief which will involve community leaders, businesses organizations, and neighborhood groups. “The Chief has been grooming his leadership team for more responsibility and there are a number of strong internal candidates in the organization that can fill this position,” said John Shirey, City Manager. “I anticipate making an interim appointment while we undergo the selection of a new police chief.”