Olympia Police Chief Ronnie Roberts has announced his retirement from the Olympia Police Department effective Dec. 6, 2019. Roberts has led the Olympia Police for nine years.

“It is with mixed emotions that I step away from this noble profession. I am proud to have served in policing for over 33 years and especially proud to have served the Olympia community this past nine years,” Roberts said. “We have made considerable progress in building strong community relationships and partnerships, and I believe the Olympia Police Department is well positioned to continue to lead law enforcement in 21st Century policing.”

In 1986, Roberts started his career as a police officer in Eugene, Ore., where he rose through the ranks to Lieutenant. He oversaw patrol operations, special investigations, criminal investigations and police administrations before accepting the position of police chief in Redmond, Ore. in 2007. He accepted the chief role in Olympia in 2011. During his tenure, Roberts worked to bring stable funding for public safety through the passage of two public safety initiatives.

“Chief Roberts’ visionary leadership and passion for working cooperatively with the community will leave a lasting impact on Olympia,” said Interim City Manager Jay Burney.

After retirement, Roberts said he plans to continue to be part of the Olympia community. A reception will be held in Roberts’ honor at Olympia City Hall Council Chambers, 601 4th Ave. East, on Dec. 3, 2019 at 1:30 p.m.

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