Chief of UCPD Retirement Announcement

We are writing to share the news that UC Berkeley’s Police Chief Mitchell J. Celaya III has announced his retirement effective Monday, December 31, 2012. Chief Celaya has served the UC Berkeley campus with distinction for 30 years. He has shown deep dedication to our campus and community, and we wish him all the best as he pursues his personal interests and focuses on his family.

Chief Celaya first joined the UC Berkeley Police Department in 1982 and over his career has helped manage some of the campus’s most challenging emergency events. He moved up the ranks from officer to lieutenant to captain, assistant chief and ultimately chief; and under his leadership, the UCPD has distinguished itself as an exceptionally cohesive and professional campus police force.

Chief Celaya is the recipient of various distinguished service awards, including the UC systemwide Meritorious Service Award for his response to the 1992 assassination attempt on Chancellor Chang-Lin Tien. We are grateful for his dedicated service and leadership during challenging and important campus milestones.

We will commence a nationwide search immediately, and in the interim, Captain Margo Bennett will serve as Acting Chief during the transition between Mitch’s departure and the naming of a new chief. Captain Bennett has been a captain with UCPD for 10 years and has served for more than 30 years in several capacities in federal and campus law enforcement.

Please join us in thanking Chief Celaya for his service to the campus and in wishing him well for the future.

John Wilton
Vice Chancellor, Administration and Finance

Ron T. Coley
Associate Vice Chancellor, Business and Administrative Services

If you are a manager who supervises Cal employees without email access, please circulate this information to all.

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