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Posted on: June 2, 2017

City of Sterling Announces Police Chief Retirement

The City of Sterling has announced the upcoming retirement of Sterling police chief Mary Kendrick, effective August 1, 2017.

Kendrick has been police chief since 2012. Beginning in 1985, Kendrick spent ten years with the department as a reserve officer before going to full time status. A reception honoring Kendrick’s 32 years of police service to the Sterling community will be announced at a later date.

In talking about the decision to retire, Kendrick spoke of her desire to relax, travel and spend time with grandchildren. She also indicated she still plans to be involved in the Sterling community, smiling while saying, “I’ll still be having coffee on a regular basis at the Sterling Café.”

Kendrick praised the City and department for the excellent work they do in the community.

“We have a great City. Ron Groth laid the groundwork and built a proud tradition to follow that we have tried to live up to. We try to be on the cutting edge of doing things in our area. We have a professional group of officers that care very much about the community. And the community has supported and respected them too.”

Over the years, Kendrick has seen several changes in police work, most notably the technology changes.

“Things have changed. We have gone from paper to computer work. Instead of clip boards in the vehicles, we have tablets.”

Kendrick spoke of the most satisfying part of the career as helping the public and working with kids in the community.

“We have done true community policing for years. Far before it was a buzz word in the industry. Our department gets out in the community, into the schools and college and I expect that will continue to be something that sets us apart.”

City manager, Taggart Wall, praised Kendrick for her longtime commitment to the community and her care for each person she came in contact with, “I’m so proud of Mary and particularly her heart for the people of Sterling and to doing things professionally.”

“You know, most people just call her ‘Officer Mary’. She is down to earth and people appreciate that. One of the best things she does is reach out and connect with people in the community. That has an inherit police work advantage,” said Wall.

Wall indicated that the City will begin its search process for a new police chief in the coming weeks.

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