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Medford Police Chief announces retirement after 29-year career

Shrouded in mystery, the City of Medford announced on Tuesday that Chief Randy Sparacino would be making a 'special announcement.'

Posted: Apr 2, 2019 12:47 PM
Updated: Apr 2, 2019 3:33 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. — Gathering with other city officials at the Medford Police (MPD) station on Tuesday afternoon, Chief Randy Sparacino announced his imminent retirement from the department.

His retirement is effective July 29 of this year, having been with the City of Medford for more than 29 years in total.

“Serving the Medford community as its Chief of Police has been the greatest honor of my career,” said Sparacino. “We have accomplished a great deal and I feel the time is right for me to pass the baton to a new leader. We have an excellent leadership team at MPD and the succession planning is in place to take our department well into the future.”

According to the City, Sparacino has been integral in the design and development of the new police headquarters building as well as strengthening both community and police relations — building police morale while continuing the department's reputation "as one of the leading law enforcement agencies in the state.

“On behalf of everyone in Medford, I want to thank Chief Sparacino for his dedication to our city and police service over the past 29 years,” said Mayor Gary Wheeler. “I am proud of the leadership and professionalism the Chief has brought to our organization and I wish him all the best in his much-deserved retirement.”

Sparacino became the 34th Police Chief for the City of Medford in March of 2016, having worked at the department for 26 years, beginning as a bike cadet. He was hired as one of the department's first Community Service Officers in 1990, then became a sworn police officer in 1994.

At the time of his appointment as Chief, MPD highlighted Sparacino's modesty:

"The reason you may not know him is because Randy was not the type of guy that wanted the spotlight, and he was not known as a man of many words. But he is very well respected and the troops here have his full support, and that says more than anything. We are excited to have Chief Randy Sparacino as our top cop."

Sparacino became the interim Chief following the retirement of Chief Tim George.

According to the City, the Council and City Manager will "review the hiring process to fill this key leadership position."

"Thank you Chief Sparacino for your dedicated service to our police force and our community," the City of Medford said in a Facebook post.


This is a developing story, and NewsWatch 12 will fill out this article with more details as they emerge.

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