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Morro Bay police chief leaves after 13 months

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With a little more than one year under his belt as the Morro Bay police chief, Greg Allen announced that his last day with the department is Aug. 17.

"I have enjoyed serving as the chief of police for this department and the community," Allen said in a July 23 press release. "Together we accomplished some great and honorable achievements, especially in the betterment of communication between members of the community. I will always appreciate the teamwork that I experienced between the police department and its community."

New Times reached out to Allen for comment, but he did not respond before press time. Morro Bay City Manager Scott Collins said Allen is out of the office on a pre-scheduled vacation.

"We've reached a mutual agreement of separation and we reached a point where a change would be beneficial for the city and Greg," Collins said. "I don't know what his future plans are, but Greg is a good man and a good cop. We really appreciate what he's done for the city."

Moving forward, Collins said the city will soon begin the process of interviewing candidates to fill the position. The search will involve bringing in members from the community, city staff, and allied law enforcement departments to collaboratively work together to find a permanent replacement.

"I want to talk with the men and women of the Morro Bay Police Department and see what direction they want their department to go in," Collins said.

He said the police chief position has seen significant turnaround over the last 10 to 15 years, and he's hoping to bring stability with a new chief.

"My goal as city manager is to be here for a long time, because I've been working towards this my whole career," Collins said. "My second goal is to bring lasting stability, hiring executives who I can fully trust in doing their job, and help cultivate successful leadership for the city and the community."

In May 2017, Allen was the top pick out of a pool of 40 candidates for police chief. Prior to joining the Morro Bay Police Department, he served as acting police chief of the city of Greenfield.

Allen is a 34-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department.

Allen was hired to fill in as police chief on May 31, 2017, after former Chief Amy Christie resigned to take the chief position at Pacific Grove Police Department. Christie served in the Morro Bay Police Department for four years.

Collins appointed police commander Jody Cox to serve as acting police chief as the city begins the process of hiring a permanent chief. Δ

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