Police chief plans to retire

first_imgSAN MARINO – After 27 years with the city’s police department and just over a year after he was promoted to the top job, Chief Gary Isaacs says he is ready to hang up the uniform. “It’s been a long career,” he said. “I feel great, I still love what I do, but you know what? It’s time.” Isaacs, 53, was made head of the department in March 2006 after former Chief Arl Farris resigned. He had been serving as interim chief for about six months prior. He joined the department as a police officer after transferring from Baldwin Park Police Department, and has held every position in the San Marino department. Some city officials said they were surprised at the timing of Isaacs’ retirement. “I was a little surprised,” said City Manager Matt Ballantyne. “But I also recognize that he’s had more than 30 years in law-enforcement experience.” Mayor Matthew Lin said he did not know if the topic of retirement came up when former City Manager Rob Wishner interviewed Isaacs for the job. Wishner had announced that he would be leaving for the city of Walnut about five months after Farris resigned. “I \ that he was going to retire in five or six years,” Lin said. “Under the circumstances, he was the best choice for the police chief.” Based on the public employees retirement system, Isaac retires with roughly 80 percent of his current salary of about $145,600. As captain, he made about $121,800. That means he’ll be getting over $116,000 a year in retirement instead of the $97,000 he would have received as a retired captain. [email protected] (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4586 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more