Police Chief Joel Bryden Announces His Retirement

Chief Joel Bryden said he will retire in the next six to eight months.

Walnut Creek Police Department Chief of Police, Joel Bryden will be retiring from the force in 2013. The Walnut Creek Police Association Facebook page posted the announcement yesterday. Bryden informed the Department via email on Wednesday.

“Any accomplishments since I have been Chief, have been due to the outstanding officers and staff, I’ve just been lucky to be apart of it” Bryden told Walnut Creek Patch this afternoon. He also wanted to stress that it is not an immediate retirement, but will happen in the next six to eight months.

Bryden has served as Chief since June 2009, prior to that position he was the assistant to the Chief in San Diego where he for a total of 28 years. “Spending time with friends, family, and maybe traveling” are a few things that the Chief when he is officially retired.

Bryden told the Contra Costa Times that his retirement has nothing to do with the issues raised on the Walnut Creek Police Officers Association Facebook page.  


Martin Teves November 02, 2012 at 10:49 PM
I also saw the story on Channel 2 last night about how shortages of officers are resulting in the bar officers going away. I respect those who serve for little reward on the City Council but I'm starting to think the legacy of former-and soon to be former-members like Gary Skrel, Gwen Regalia, Sue Rainey, Kathy Hicks and Charlie Abrams is the substantial structural damage done to our police force. Why did they let this happen? The current council should be working full-time to pick up the peices and get us back on course.
Julie Jepsen-Grant November 02, 2012 at 10:55 PM
Say it ain't so. :-( A great Chief of Police leaving our city. Chief Bryden, you are a gentleman and a scholar. This man knows everyone's name. I am truly glad I volunteered as a VIP during Chief Bryden's tenure. My utmost respect, Julie Jepsen-Grant
One more time with feeling November 02, 2012 at 10:57 PM
Chief Bryden is an asset to this City. Big loss.
Creek Diva November 02, 2012 at 11:25 PM
@Martin Teves, The KTVU story was incorrect last night. The "bar officers" are not going away.
Guest November 03, 2012 at 03:10 PM
Actually they unfortunately are going away Creek Diva. An officer just announced he is leaving unexpectedly to go work for another police agency so the first bar officer will move to patrol next week. In January another bar officer and the sergeant will return to patrol. That will leave one "bar officer" but we anticipate he also will be needed to fill shortages in patrol.
Ralph Hoffmann November 03, 2012 at 05:50 PM
Chief Bryden is an asset to Walnut Creek. I invite him to buy a condo at The Mercer as his retirement home..
Guest November 08, 2012 at 10:29 PM
At least there's no need for that vote of no confidence anymore.


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