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Citrus Heights Police Chief Ron Lawrence today announced he will be taking a new position in Orange County, after serving Citrus Heights for five years. Lawrence’s last day with Citrus Heights will be on September 7, and City staff have begun the process for finding his replacement immediately.
“Chief Lawrence has been an incredible Police Chief and leader of the Citrus Heights Police Department,” said Interim City Manager Chris Boyd. “He has led our men and women in blue through a global pandemic, civic unrest, countless natural disasters, and more. His unwavering passion, diplomacy, and motivating leadership style has taken the Citrus Heights Police Department to the next level of quality service. He will be greatly missed, and I wish him all the best in his next endeavor.”
Lawrence joins the City of Costa Mesa as their new Police Chief with 31 years’ combined experience in law enforcement. In Citrus Heights, Lawrence served as the City’s second Police Chief, appointed in 2016 when the City’s first Chief of Police, Chris Boyd, took on the role of City Manager. Lawrence also served as the 54th President of the California Police Chief’s Association (CPCA) from 2019-2020, representing all municipal Police Chiefs throughout the State of California.
“I am forever grateful to have served the City of Citrus Heights with such a talented and dedicated group of Police and City employees,” said Lawrence. “While I am proud of what our department has accomplished to reduce crime, what stands out to me most is the close, trusting relationships we have forged with this community. Citrus Heights will always have a special place in my heart, and I thank City Manager Boyd for his confidence in me to lead the department after him. I was honored he selected me to succeed him as Police Chief five years ago, and I am confident the leadership at the Citrus Heights Police Department will continue to make great things happen for the community. I will miss working with the talented men and women of the Citrus Heights Police Department, as they are some of the most skilled police professionals I have had the opportunity to work with.”
The role of Chief of Police is appointed by the City Manager, and the process for finding Lawrence’s replacement is already underway.