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Clovis Police Chief Matt Basgall announced Thursday — one day after telling his staff — that he will retire on Aug. 2.

“The police department staff does amazing work every day, and I leave knowing the department will remain in great hands.” — Matt Basgall, who is retiring as Clovis police chief 

“It has been an honor and privilege to serve the citizens of the city,” Basgall said in a news release. “The police department staff does amazing work every day, and I leave knowing the department will remain in great hands.”

Basgall said that he is looking forward to traveling and having more time with his family. He joined the department in 1990, rose through the ranks, and was promoted to chief in 2014.  He succeeded Janet Davis as the city’s top cop.

The Search Process

City manager Luke Serpa will oversee the hunt for Basgall’s successor as leader of an agency with 200 employees and a $38 million budget. The city manager is charged with appointing the police chief with confirmation by the city council.

“Matt was a fresh-faced rookie on my first graveyard shift as a new corporal. I watched with pride as Matt grew to become both a great cop and a great leader in our community.” — Clovis Mayor Drew Bessinger

“I would like to congratulate Chief Basgall on his amazing career at the Clovis Police Department,” said Clovis Mayor Drew Bessinger, a former Clovis police officer. “Matt was a fresh-faced rookie on my first graveyard shift as a new corporal. I watched with pride as Matt grew to become both a great cop and a great leader in our community.”

Said assistant city manager John Holt: “Chief Basgall raised the bar on the relationships our officers have developed with our community, a big reason why Clovis (is) the safest city in the Valley. The department is well-positioned for the future, thanks to his influence.”

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