SAN GABRIEL, CA – Police Chief David A. Lawton announced this week that he will retire at the end of April after serving nearly 26 years as chief.
Lawton is the longest serving police chief in Los Angeles County and second longest serving chief currently in office in California. He has served a total of 38 years with the San Gabriel Police Department, starting at the department as a police officer in 1977.
“I have enjoyed every minute of the last 38 years. I have been witness to many changes in the City of San Gabriel and in the field of Law Enforcement and had the great opportunity to work daily with the men and women of the San Gabriel Police Department in providing quality service to the community,” Lawton said. “I look forward to the opportunities that retired life will afford me while missing the daily energy and activity of the Police Department.”
City Manager Steve Preston said he hopes the new police chief will be a “next generation leader” who can build on Lawton’s accomplishments, including recent technology advances and the department’s award-winning Neighborhood Watch program. The new chief will also be asked to oversee construction of a new police headquarters facility.
“Under Chief Lawton’s leadership the department has grown, developed and found increasingly sophisticated means to address public safety,” Preston said. “We believe the next chief should have strong communication and teambuilding skills, an appreciation of the city’s unique history and cultural diversity and an interest in innovation.”The city plans to launch the formal recruitment process for Lawton’s replacement within the next 30 days and expects to hire a new chief in three to six months. The City Council is expected to consider an agreement in May for Lawton to provide interim chief services.
Individuals interested in the position should contact Human Resources at 626.308.2802. For more information on the City of San Gabriel, visit our website at www.sangabrielcity.com.
SOURCE: San Gabriel City Press Release.