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Posted on: October 10, 2022

Morro Bay Police Chief Jody Cox Announces Retirement Date of December 31, 2022

Morro Bay, Calif. – Police Chief Jody Cox announced his retirement from the City of Morro Bay effective December 31, 2022.  The City Manager is assessing next steps in the process to select the Chief’s successor, while maintaining continuity of leadership of the Police Department under Chief Cox. 

Chief Cox has served the Morro Bay Police Department for 10 years, promoting to Police Chief in November 2018.   As Police Chief, Jody led an expansion of programs aimed to connect the Department and the community, including launching the Citizen’s Academy, Police Chief’s Advisory Board, and mobile phone app, among many other initiatives.  In addition, Chief Cox and his command staff were instrumental in bolstering the Department’s training regime and aiding the City and community throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.  Prior to coming to Morro Bay, Jody accumulated 24 plus years’ experience in the law enforcement field, serving in a variety of roles for the Tulare County Sheriff and the City of Tulare Police Department.   

“Jody embodies leadership,” said City Manager Scott Collins.  “He took command of the Morro Bay Police Department at a very important time, as law enforcement was experiencing radical change as a profession. Despite all the related challenges associated with change, he found a way to strengthen ties and build trust with the community, evolve the department to meet modern policing standards, and mentor the next generation of peace officers to equip them to lead our City into the future.  We are forever grateful for all he has done to empower our officers, command staff, police administrative staff, and the community to keep Morro Bay safe.  We will miss him, and we wish him all the best in the next chapter of his life.”  

In announcing his retirement, Chief Cox said, “making the decision to retire has been a very long and difficult process. After nearly thirty-five years of public service in the Law Enforcement profession, it is time to focus on my family and our grandkids. The last ten years here in Morro Bay have been the highlight of my career, because of the people, the community, and especially my team at the PD and the City staff.  I could not have imagined a better place to live and work. It has been an absolute honor and privilege to lead this department, and we have assembled an amazing team of people at the PD.  I am very comfortable they will continue to build upon the solid foundation and strong community relationships we have developed. As for my immediate future plans, I look forward to spending a lot more time with family, building in my woodshop and a little more time cruising the coast on my motorcycle.”

The City plans to conduct a survey of community members and MBPD personnel on what they hope to see in their next Police Chief, to help inform the City Manager’s decision on Police Chief succession.   

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