DOWNEY (CNS) - Downey police Chief Leslie Murray, the first female chief in the city's history, will retire at the end of the year, authorities announced Thursday.
"I've enjoyed a very rewarding career serving alongside many wonderful people over the years and for a community that I have grown up with and have so much gratitude for," Murray said in a statement.
"I am excited and look forward to what's ahead in the next chapter for me and my family," Murray said.
Murray began her career as a Downey police officer in 1990, rising steadily through the ranks before becoming the first female police chief in the city's history in 2021.
"It has been an honor to work with Chief Murray over the last several years as our city's first female chief, and as a captain of our Downey PD," said Downey Mayor Claudia M. Frometa.
"She leaves a legacy of strength, resilience, exceptional dedication and commitment to our city's residents and police department.," Frometa said.
"Chief Murray has put in many years of dedication to the Downey community," said Downey City Manager Roger Bradley. "Her work here in the city has made Downey a better place. On behalf of the staff, I would like to thank her for her leadership, dedication and example. We will miss her but wish her well as she sets out for new adventures."
The Downey Police Department has 181 personnel, comprised of 113 sworn and 68 non-sworn.
Bradley said a nationwide search to find a new chief will be undertaken "to ensure a seamless transition at the end of the year."