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Benicia police chief announces retirement after 30 years of service
Michael Greene was appointed to the top law enforcement role in 2021.
Michael Greene, a 30-year law enforcement veteran who was appointed to the top spot at the Benicia Police Department in 2021, says he will retire at the beginning of next year.
The retirement was announced in a social media post in which Greene said he was “leaving this profession with pride, humility and the deepest gratitude.”
“It’s been my honor to serve this community and watch it grow into what it is today – a thriving and compassionate place,” Greene said. “I’ve learned so much from previous mentors and leaders, my coworkers, and all of you – and for that I’m eternally grateful. I am sincerely optimistic this department will continue to dedicate itself to all of you with humanity and integrity.”
Greene was appointed to the chief role two years ago following the resignation of Erik Upson, who resigned to become Benicia’s city manager. Upson stepped down from the city manager role earlier this year.
Greene has spent nearly his entire law enforcement career with the Benicia Police Department, and more than a decade in command roles.
“I am humbled and honored to lead this department and continue to serve my community and peers in this capacity,” Greene said upon becoming chief two years ago. “Benicia is and will always remain a special place to me, and I am excited for this opportunity to make it an even better and safer city by continuing our strong relationship with the community.”
On Thursday, Greene said a search for his replacement will soon commence. His last day with the department will be January 20, 2024.
“This is definitely not a good bye and I am looking forward to closing this chapter of my life with the same commitment as my first day in 1993, but I’m also excited about being able to finally cheer this department on from the sideline,” he said.