SJ Police Chief Quits

By Lori Preuitt
|  Tuesday, Jul 27, 2010  |  Updated 10:56 AM PDT
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SJ Police Chief Quits

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The city of San Jose has a big job opening come fall.  The San Jose police department has confirmed that Police Chief Rob Davis announced he is retiring effective October.

 Davis said in his memo dated Sunday, July 25 that the decision was made with mixed emotions. 

"I truly love this organization and this city, a city I have called home since I was 12 years old....While exciting new opportunities and adventures await both me and my family, it is very clear to me that nothing will ever mean more to me personally from a professional standpoint than to have served as the Chief of Police in San Jose."

It certainly didn't look like he intended to retire earlier this year when he applied for the position as police chief in Dallas.  A job he ended up not getting.

 Davis told Bay City News he's had offers and says he will go back  to work at some point because he "can't sit still for very long," but first  he plans to spend some time getting reacquainted with his family.

"Make no mistake I will be taking some time off," Davis said. "I  don't get that much opportunity to see my children in the daylight."

The San Jose Mercury News points out that Davis marks his 30th year with the department in October and that means he can retire with 90 percent pension.

In his memo, Davis said he is proud that San Jose is still one of the safest cities in the country. He also mentioned how SJPD provides real-time crime alerts online and is one of the first departments to give tasers to each patrol officer.

"Despite having to continually do more with less, his leadership has ensured that our police department remains one of the finest departments in the country," Mayor Chuck Reed said in a press release.

Read entire memo including the one that informed the mayor of San Jose in this pdf.

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