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Police Chief Atkinson to Retire March 2nd

The City of Susanville today announced the retirement of Police Chief Jeffrey Atkinson.

According to a press release from the city Chief Atkinson will be exploring other opportunities after leaving city service on March 2nd.

Chief Atkinson has had a very successful career in law enforcement that began in October, 1989 as a deputy sheriff with the Lassen County Sheriff’s office.

In April of 1992, he began his service with the Susanville Police Department under Chief Marcus Murphy. He was promoted to the position of Sergeant under Chief James Wages in 1996 and was appointed as Lieutenant in charge of operations under Chief Chris Gallagher in 2003.

Atkinson was soon promoted to the position of Commander with both operational and administrative duties under Chief Gallagher.

In 2006, after graduating from the 223 Session of the FBI Academy at Quantico, Atkinson assumed the position of Interim Police Chief. The “interim” was removed from the title and he became the Susanville Police Chief, where he has served with distinction.

In the City’s press release they echo the sentiments of many of us when they say, “We wish civilian Jeff Atkinson and his family the best as he approaches the next exciting chapter in his life.”

Jeremy Couso
Jeremy Couso Publisher/Editor
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