Medford Chief of Police announces his retirement

Pictured is Medford Police Chief Randy Sparacino, who announced that he will be retiring at the end of July of this year in a Tuesday afternoon press conference. (Jon Brines/News 10)

Medford Police Chief Randy Sparacino announced that he will be retiring at the end of July in a press conference held this afternoon at Medford Police Headquarters.

He made a brief speech, alongside the city's Mayor, Gary Wheeler, and City Manager, Brian Sjothun.

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"Serving the Medford community as its Chief of Police has been the greatest honor of my career," Sparacino said. "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 or department well into the future."

He went on in his speech to attribute his success as Chief to the "men and women of this department," and thanked them all.

"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. He went on to wish Sparacino the best in "his much-deserved retirement."

Sparacino first began his career in law enforcement as a bike cadet in 1990 and was hired as one of the department's first Community Service Officers later that same year. In 1994, he was sworn in as a police officer. Sparacino has worked for the City of Medford for 29 years, and has served as Chief of Police since 2016.

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