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San Bernardino Police Chief Keith Kilmer announces retirement

Police Chief Keith Kilmer announced his retirement Tuesday from the San Bernardino Police Department. (San Bernardino Police Department)

March 8, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
Police Chief Keith Kilmer announced his retirement Tuesday from the San Bernardino Police Department.

"While this was a difficult decision, family responsibilities have resulted in a need for me to retire this year," said Kilmer. "I'm proud of what our police department has been able to accomplish during my time here, and am confident that it will continue to make incredible strides for this community."

Kilmer began working for the city in June 2009, and in that time developed strong community partnerships, saw crime drop significantly throughout the city, organized an extremely successful gun turn in program, and developed a Citizen's Police Academy.

"Chief Kilmer has been an outstanding police chief for the city of San Bernardino," said Mayor Patrick Morris. "His contributions to the community have played a significant role in the city's continuing drop in crime."

Kilmer will step down as police chief on March 31, however Mayor Morris has asked him to continue serving on an interim basis while the city completes its recruitment for a new chief.