Manteca Police Chief Mike Aguilar is set to retire by the end of the year following 28 years of service.

In announcing his retirement plan to the police department and city staff, Aguilar said his last day would be Dec. 30.

Manteca Police Chief Mike Aguilar. (Photo via LinkedIn)

“My time here with the Manteca Police Department has been a positive experience and I am very thankful for all of the opportunities. The City of Manteca and Manteca Police Department have created a fulfilling experience for me and have been my home for my chosen career,” Aguilar said in his announcement.

By the time he retires, Aguilar will have worked 28 years in law enforcement, with 25 of those years serving in Manteca, according to the police department.

Aguilar was appointed police chief on July 1, 2021, after previously serving as acting and interim chief.

Police said he will take part in the process of transitioning a new police chief into the position.

Victoria Franco is a reporter based in Stockton covering San Joaquin County for Bay City News Foundation and its nonprofit news site Local News Matters. She is a Report for America corps member.

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