Glendora Police Chief Tim Staab will be retiring this Friday, after serving Glendora for 33 years.
Staab started with the Glendora Police Department as a cadet in 1983 and took over as Chief in 2013. At the time he was appointed as the city’s eighth Chief in 2013, he never intended to serve longer than 3 years.
He is looking forward to spending time with his wife, taking some vacations, volunteering and possibly finding more time for his love of running.
His tenure could not have come at a better time, his leadership and enthusiastic approach to being involved in the community led us through the Colby Fire and ensuing mudslide threats to the city.
With Glendora under the media microscope for the last few years because of our hillsides, Staab has consistently put himself alongside his officers and the community in the face of any dangers.
Staab’s favorite assignment in those 33 years was being a motorcycle traffic officer for 5 years. During last Saturday’s Glendora Christmas Parade, he took the opportunity to do just that. Staab rode a police motorcycle in the parade and enjoyed one last ride through our community.
In his time there have been some very somber moments for him as well he noted to GCN.
“… the murder of Glendora Police Detective Louie Pompei in 1995 was the worst thing in my career. Losing Lieutenant Tim Crowther to a heart attack at a young age was also heartbreaking”, Staab said.
Staab has been a part of this community for over three decades now and the relationship with the community is what he will miss the most.
“I’ll miss the people. I’m blessed to have gotten to know so many people – the residents with whom I’ve developed relationships over the years. Personally, it’s just been very gratifying to interact with so many people and help them solve problems”, Staab said.
As of now, Glendora’s next Chief has not been chosen. City Manager Chris Jeffers is currently in the selection process and it is down to a few candidates, who’s names have not been disclosed.
Chief Staab said the next Chief however, will not be from in-house, as the selection process has narrowed it to a few from outside our department.
In the meantime, Glendora Captain Joe Ward, will serve as Interim Police Chief. Ward has been with Glendora for 30 years and puts the department in very capable hands during the Interim. Ward has run the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) during the Colby Fire and storm preparations for the last few years.
Glendora City News was established in January of 2014, one month after Staab took over as the Glendora Police Chief. In that time, we are proud of the relationship we have enjoyed with Chief Staab and wish him the best of luck in his future retirement and any endeavors.
Chief Staab always worked with us to ensure residents were aware of any threats to their community and helped us whenever called on for information. Thank you Chief Tim Staab!