ARROYO GRANDE, CALIFORNIA – The City of Arroyo Grande is deeply saddened to announce the passing of former Arroyo Grande Police Chief Beau D. Pryor on the morning of April 21st.
Chief Pryor dedicated 24 years of law enforcement service to Arroyo Grande before retiring in July 2020. Chief Pryor started his law enforcement career with the Arroyo Grande Police Department (AGPD) in September 1994 as a Reserve Officer. During his career with AGPD, he held the positions of Police Officer, Senior Police Officer, Sergeant, and Commander until accepting the position as Chief of Police in 2017. He also held a variety of specialized assignments including Motorcycle Traffic Officer, Field Training Officer, member of the Special Response Team, Property/Crimes Detective, and Detective Sergeant.
"Chief Pryor left an indelible mark on the City of Arroyo Grande. He was professional above all things, and he showed everyone what being a community leader should look like. He took the AGPD to the next level, and retired having set us up with policies and personnel that will carry us forward for years to come. There are just not enough words of praise to capture his legacy. The city mourns alongside the Pryor family during this devastating time," stated Mayor Caren Ray Russom.
“Chief Pryor was more than an outstanding leader,” stated Chief Michael Martinez. “He was a great friend who inspired us all. We are fortunate to follow in his footsteps as he created a level of professionalism in our organization that will carry on forever.”
City Council and staff send their deepest condolences to the Pryor family. “Our sadness from the loss of Chief Pryor is profound,” stated City Manager, Whitney McDonald. “Chief Pryor was a dedicated public servant and leader within our organization and our community, devoted to his family, and committed to making our world safer, more just and equitable. He is missed dearly.”
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Whitney McDonald, City Manager