BART Police Chief Carlos Rojas speaks at a news conference with Mayor Mark Farrell on Wednesday, June 20, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

BART’s first Latino chief of police will retire next month

Carlos Rojas, BART’s first Latino chief of police, will retire May 6th, according to an internal memo circulated by General Manager Gracie Crunican Tuesday.

Rojas, who is leaving his position after two years, was praised by Crunican for streamlining productivity and improving new officer recruitment. She attributed those improvements to a new collective bargaining agreement, which Rojas negotiated.

“He’s been a rockstar for BART,” said Crunican.

Rojas was previously the chief of police for the Santa Ana Police Department for five years, and has a total of 27 years of law enforcement experience.

Rojas has received multiple law enforcement Medals of Valor and is known as an educator and advocate for community-oriented policing practices, who has taught college students and trained national police forces in Central America on the subject, according to BART officials.

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