Last call

California City Police Chief Eric Hurtado greets well-wishers following his last call broadcast and retirement Wednesday.

After nearly 30 years of service, California City Police Chief Eric Hurtado retired in an emotional last call ceremony in front of the California City Police Department at 5 p.m. today.

“I am honored to have had the opportunity to serve the residents of California City,” said Hurtado. “The citizens are great and supportive. My family has always felt welcomed.

“It has always been my goal to retire when the city was safer. We have a great police force and have been able to keep our crime rate going lower and lower.

“I will miss working with the city’s dedicated first responders.

The interim chief is well knowledgeable and I'm certain he will have some great news to give to our community soon regarding some cases he has been working on. I have 28 years of Christmas's, Thanksgiving’s and birthdays I need to catch up on with my family.”

Members of the California City Fire Department, CCPD personnel past and present and representatives from the Mojave Area California Highway Patrol office turned out to say goodbye to Hurtado. Family members, including his wife Amy and children, friends and citizens were also present. No members of the City Council attended the ceremony.

Hurtado broadcast a farewell message over the police frequency and other police personnel broadcast their own farewell messages to Hurtado.

Sgt. Tim O’Quinn will serve as interim chief of police.

Additional coverage in the Oct. 17 issue of Mojave Desert News.

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