LIVERMORE -- After nearly 30 years with the Livermore department, Police Chief Steve Sweeney is retiring at the end of March, city officials announced.

Following a stint as an officer in Moraga, Sweeney came to Livermore in 1984, where he served as a patrol officer and a member of the SWAT team. He was promoted to detective in 1990, and moved up to sergeant, lieutenant, and captain before becoming chief in 2007.

His last day on the job will be March 29.

Community outreach programs expanded during his tenure, a city-issued press release said, and Sweeney played an instrumental role in merging the SWAT teams of Livermore and Pleasanton.

"The excellence of our police department is a direct reflection of Chief Sweeney's unparalleled leadership," Livermore mayor John Marchand said in a statement. "I have been honored to work with a chief of his caliber, and Livermore is a better place because he has served our community so well."

According to the release, Sweeney plans to remain in Livermore and spend more time with his wife and three children.

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