Morro Bay chief Amy Christey takes the hot seat at PGPD.
“Chief Christey’s hands-on approach to community policing, her emphasis on customer service, her understanding of the needs of a small-town coastal community and her track record as a team player makes her a terrific fit for our Police Department, the municipal organization and the community,” Harvey said.
Vicki Myers served as Pacific Grove’s police chief before Belcher took over on an interim basis in December 2015. She served in a dual role as chief of Pacific Grove and Seaside from 2012 until Pacific Grove terminated its contract with Seaside pertaining to Myers running its police department in September 2015 and gave her a 90-day notice.
Tom Frutchey, who has since left his role as Pacific Grove city manager, told The Herald last year that the split was fairly amicable. He cited two “no-confidence” votes by the Pacific Grove police union and a citywide survey that found residents would like to keep its own separate police department as reasons for the city moving on from Myers.