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Posted on: June 26, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Arroyo Grande Chief of Police Announces Planned Retirement

Portrait of Beau Pryor

ARROYO GRANDE, CALIFORNIA –   The City has received and accepted a notice of retirement from Police Chief Beau Pryor. Effective July 9, 2020, Chief Pryor will retire after serving 26 years of dedicated law enforcement service to our community.  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. 

 “The City recognizes and appreciates Chief Pryor’s service to the City over the past 26 years.  He has been an instrumental member of the City’s executive team and has provided invaluable leadership to the Arroyo Grande Police Department and to the City as a whole. His work in creating and implementing a strategic plan for the department has ensured that the City’s law enforcement agency is a leader in the community and carries out the highest standards of performance. We are grateful for Chief Pryor’s dedication to the City and to its citizens and visitors, and we wish him well in his planned retirement," stated Acting City Manager Robeson.  

 Chief Pryor stated, “I am very pleased to announce my planned retirement date with you.  It has been an honor to serve the citizens and visitors of Arroyo Grande for the past 26 years as a public servant.  My final day serving as your Chief of Police will be on Thursday, July 9, 2020.  My planned retirement will allow me to spend more quality time with family and friends.  I have committed the last 4 years mentoring two Police Commanders for this moment.  They are actively engaged in a competitive process and we hope that one of them will be chosen to lead this organization into the future.  Lastly, this succession plan would create promotional opportunities throughout every rank within the department, which is exciting for the membership and it brings new leadership throughout the ranks.  I am very appreciative for all of the support that has been provided to me, my family and all of the outstanding members of your Arroyo Grande Police Department!” 

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Bill Robeson, Acting City Manager 

Whitney McDonald, Acting Deputy City Manager 

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