Fremont Police Chief Craig Steckler announced his retirement today after 20 years of heading the department.
Steckler, who has had a 45-year career in law enforcement, joined the Fremont Police Department as deputy chief in 1986 and was appointed police chief in 1992. His last day will be Dec. 30.
He previously served as chief of the Piedmont Police Department and held various posts with the San Clemente Police Department from 1968 to 1980.
City officials said that under Steckler's leadership, the department's accomplishments have included developing a strong volunteer program that now has more than 200 volunteers of all ages, and improving police use of technology -- including by implementing use of the Nixle alert system, social media sites and smartphone apps.
City Manager Fred Diaz said in a statement, "To say that Craig is among one of the nation's leading authorities on law enforcement is an understatement. Craig's professional acumen is one of legend in our community and at the state and national level as well."
City officials said that after his retirement, Steckler, who has lived in Fremont since 1986, will remain active in the community and retain his role as the newly appointed president of the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
Fremont police Capt. Richard Lucero has been appointed interim police chief. His first day in that role will be Dec. 31. City officials said they will rehire Steckler as a special assistant during a four-month transitional period, during which he will work up to 15 hours per week and earn $30 an hour.