Fremont Police Chief Craig Steckler to retire Dec. 30

I’ll do a longer profile on Steckler as his retirement date approaches. Until then, here’s a basic story about the details of his retirement, which he announced yesterday (Tuesday).

Police Chief Craig Steckler, Fremont’s top cop since 1992, is retiring.

Steckler, a law enforcement veteran of 45 years, is scheduled to step down Dec. 30.

Steckler, 68, said Tuesday the stability of both the police department and the city’s finances allowed him to decide now to retire.

“That made it the right time to say ‘I’ve taken this as far as I can take it,'” he said. “It seems like a good time to say, ‘Thank you, it’s been a great ride.'”

Steckler joined Fremont police as deputy chief in 1986, serving under then-Chief Bob Wasserman, who later became mayor. Steckler started his career in Southern California, serving with the San Clemente Police Department from 1968-1980. He later was police chief for the city of Piedmont.

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Chris DeBenedetti

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