Oceanside Police Chief, Frank McCoy, will retire in October, city officials announced Thursday.
McCoy was in law enforcement for nearly four decades, said NBC San Diego.
The California chief said:
“I’m deeply honored to have worked with such great people within the Oceanside Police Department and to serve our community.
I am able to retire knowing that the members of our department are poised to not only keep Oceanside safe.
But will serve the city with professionalism and provide excellent customer service.”
McCoy served as the head of the northern San Diego County police agency since January 2006.
This made him the longest-serving chief in the history of the department.
McCoy began his law enforcement career in the city of Manhattan Beach in 1984.
There he spent 20 years with the Long Beach Police Department.
Here he rose through the ranks to the position of commander.
McCoy previously retired from the Oceanside Police Department in October 2013, said the report.
However, he stayed on as interim chief until he got the top position in April 2014.
City officials said, he was asked to mentor his staff for future leadership.
Praises From The Mayor
Oceanside Mayor, Peter Weiss, offered the city’s thanks to McCoy.
“(I thank you) for his transformation of the Police Department into one that emphasizes community policing.
(Also, thank) for building positive relationships with the community while reducing crime.”
During the tenure of McCoy, the city enjoyed a 33% drop in overall crime.
Moreover, there was a 28% drop in violent offenses.
This is according to the Oceanside City Manager’s Office.
City officials said they would immediately begin a search for a new police chief.
It’s a process expected to take several months.