Redwood City Chief of Police JR Gamez announced today that he is retiring because of an existing medical condition.
“It is with deep regret and sadness that I have accepted that it is time to listen to my doctors and retire,” Gamez wrote in an online letter to the city.
Gamez’s retirement is effective Dec. 11, and Deputy Chief Gary Kirby will serve as interim chief while a search for the next permanent chief is conducted, city officials said.
Gamez has more than 31 years of law enforcement experience and worked in the San Jose Police Department before he was sworn in as Redwood City’s police chief in December 2011.
“My time in Redwood City has been the most rewarding in my career,” he said in his letter. “I have had the opportunity to build friendships with many members of our community and city staff that will last a lifetime.”
Redwood City Mayor John Seybert said Gamez “will be missed” but “our police command staff and the men and women of the Redwood City Police Department will continue Chief Gamez’s outstanding legacy.”
Kirby has been serving as acting chief for several months and has been with Redwood City police for five years. Previously, he worked with San Jose police and has also worked for Apple Inc., city officials said.