Medford Police Chief Randy Sparacino has announced his retirement from the Medford Police Department (MPD) effective July 29, 2019, after more than 29 years of service to the City.
Chief Sparacino made the announcement at a press conference Tuesday afternoon at Medford Police Headquarters. He has served as Medford’s police chief since 2016 and will celebrate 29 years of service to the City this year.
“Serving the Medford community as its Chief of Police has been the greatest honor of my career,” said Sparacino. “We have accomplished a great deal and I feel the time is right for me to pass the baton to a new leader. We have an excellent leadership team at MPD and the succession planning is in place to take our department well into the future.”
Chief Sparacino began his career as a bike cadet in 1990 and was hired as one of the department’s first Community Service Officers later that year. In 1994, he was hired as a sworn police officer and moved progressively through the ranks at MPD.
Throughout his tenure at MPD, Chief Sparacino was instrumental in leading the design and development of the new police headquarters building. He successfully strengthened community and police relations and refocused leadership in the department in an effort to improve morale and continue MPD’s reputation as one of the leading law enforcement agencies in the state.
“On behalf of everyone in Medford, I want to thank Chief Sparacino for his dedication to our City and police service over the past 29 years,” said Mayor Gary Wheeler. “I am proud of the leadership and professionalism the Chief has brought to our organization and I wish him all the best in his much-deserved retirement.”
The City Manager and Council will review the hiring process to fill this key leadership position.