CLAYTON -- A captain with the Contra Costa Sheriff's Office will take over as the city's police chief at the end of November, officials announced this week.
Christopher Thorsen, a 26-year law enforcement veteran, will take over the post being vacated by the retiring chief, Dan Lawrence. After a 40-year career, including seven years as Clayton's top cop, Lawrence announced his retirement in July.
Thorsen, who served as Oakley's police chief for more than five years, has been a sheriff's captain since September 2010. He manages the sheriff's Basic Police Academy and oversees recruitment and retention for the department.
He has also served as a watch commander and was a member of the sheriff's SWAT team for 10 years.
"I'm blessed to be offered the opportunity to serve a community, which so highly values partnerships, demands the highest quality and offers such tremendous support for public safety," Thorsen said in a statement.
Added City Manager Gary Napper: "(Thorsen) clearly understands and has demonstrated what 'community policing' can mean and do for a community; expect to see Chief Thorsen out and about in our town as he serves in this new capacity."
Thorsen will assume the office on Nov. 30, the same day that Lawrence will step down. He will be sworn in during the Dec. 4 City Council meeting at the Clayton Community Library.
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