After a search that drew more than 50 qualified candidates, the City of Pacific Grove has announced the selection of Amy Christey as the City’s new Chief of Police. For the past four years, Ms. Christey has served as Chief of Police in Morro Bay, California. Prior to her tenure with the City of Morro Bay, she was as a Sheriff Lieutenant in the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office. In total, Chief Christey brings more than 24 years of law enforcement experience, along with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Management, a Master’s of Science in Organizational Leadership, and Supervisory, Advanced, Management and Executive Peace Officer Standards (POST) certifications. Chief Christey also served in the United States Army.
Chief Christey surfaced as the top finalist from the nationwide search. City Manager Ben Harvey stated, “I’m very pleased that Chief Christey has accepted our offer, and will be leading the Pacific Grove Police Department. 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 make her a terrific fit for our police department, the municipal organization and the community.”
Chief Christey’s appointment requires completion of a formal background investigation and ratification by the city council. It is anticipated that she will commence employment with the City on August 16, 2016. Interim Chief of Police Steve Belcher will remain working with the City through Chief Christey’s August start date to allow for a smooth transition to the position.