Police Chief Norman Andrade announces retirement as of Dec. 31
Chief Andrade announces his retirement
After nearly 29 years on the Merced Police Department, Chief Norman Andrade has decided to retire from the force and put away his badge.
'I have enjoyed being an officer in Merced for three decades,' Andrade said, 'However, now it is time to spend more time with my wife and my grandkids. I will miss all of the men and women in the Department, and all of my co-workers in the City, but it's time for a new chapter in my life.'
Andrade, who has been Chief since August, 2009, announced his retirement Monday. His last day will be Dec. 31.
City Manager Steve Carrigan said Andrade has been a solid rock in the Department. 'Norm has been an anchor in the Merced Police Department, dependable, reliable, steady, someone you can count on, day-in, day-out. He has years of institutional knowledge that is invaluable and will be impossible to replace. We are going to miss Chief Andrade both in the Department and in the City organization.'
'The Chief has been a great asset to the Department, the City and the community. I appreciate the hard work and devotion he has given,' Carrigan said. 'Like all public safety officers, he has missed countless dinners, holidays and family events, now he can spend time with his wife and family in retirement and enjoy time with them.'
Mayor Mike Murphy said Andrade has been a key bridge to the Merced community. 'Chief Andrade believes in community-oriented policing and has ties to a vast number of groups throughout the City. Whether it is attending the Hmong New Year or sitting at a neighborhood meeting in someone's living room, the Chief believes in tearing down walls and opening doors between his Department and the community.'
No interim chief has been named, but Carrigan said he plans to have the interim shadow Andrade over the next six weeks.
Andrade joined the MPD in January 1989. Four years later he was promoted to a Senior Police Officer and in less than a year Corporal Andrade was patrolling the streets of Merced.
Andrade was promoted to Sergeant in 1997 and became a Commander in 2003.
Among the specialized schools he attended, Andrade is a graduate of the FBI Academy.