South San Francisco veteran officer tapped as new chief

South San Francisco's new Police Chief Jeff Azzopardi joined the department in 1993 as a patrol officer.

Jeff Azzopardi, a 22-year veteran of the South San Francisco Police Department, has been named the new chief of police.

He succeeds Mike Massoni, who recently retired after serving 35 years with the department, including five years as the top cop.

Azzopardi, who joined the department in 1993 as a patrol officer, was selected following a nationwide search.

“I am very pleased to have Jeff as our new police chief,” City Manager Mike Futrell said. “He is energetic, experienced and dedicated to keeping South San Francisco safe.”

Azzopardi has risen through the department ranks serving as corporal, sergeant, lieutenant, captain and most recently was in charge of the Patrol Division and Criminal Investigation Bureau. He also previously served as a watch commander for the county's Gang Task Force.

“I am honored to have been chosen from among such a great group of candidates for the position of police chief,” Azzopardi said. “South San Francisco is a very safe community and through our partnerships with our neighbors and merchants we will make sure that we remain one of the safest cities in the Bay Area.”

Bay Area NewsChief Mike MassoniJeff AzzopardiPeninsulaSouth San Francisco Police Department

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