Greenfield police chief will take over Salinas

SALINAS, Calif. - UPDATE 09/21/16 11:30 AM: Salinas City Manager Ray Corpuz announced Wednesday that Adele Fresé will be the new top cop in the Salinas Police Department.

Fresé comes from Greenfield where she has spent several years as the police chief.

PREVIOUS STORY: A new police chief for the Salinas Police Department will be announced Wednesday morning, according to the city.

Police Chief Kelly McMillin's last day will be Friday, September 30. He announced his retirement in April.

McMillin started his law enforcement career in 1984 and came to the Salinas Police Department in 1988. He's been the police chief for the past four years.

According to the police department's website, McMillin was the first chief promoted from within the ranks since the 1960s. But at the age of 52, he said it's time to move on to something different.

"The reality is, this can be a hard career on a person," McMillin said. "I'm blessed with my health, I'm blessed with a healthy family and so it doesn't make sense to continue financially but it goes make sense for me to get out and enjoy my family."

The new chief will be announced by city manager Ray Corpuz, who recruited and hired the new chief.

McMillin and Mayor Joe Gunter are also expected to be present at the announcement in the City Hall Rotunda, Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 11 a.m.

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