The chief of police for the Atascadero Police Department, Jim Mulhall, stepped down suddenly, claiming he was “taking a break” from his long career in law enforcement to spend more time with family.
City Manager Wade McKinney accepted Jim Mulhall’s resignation Jan. 7. According to city officials, Commander Stephen Gesell will step in as acting chief until a permanent replacement is found.
Mulhall, 58, had been with the department since 2007, when he joined as lieutenant, taking over for former chief John Couch in January 2008. Previously, Mulhall had served with the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Department, retiring as commander in 2005.