Steckler has retired, last day was Sunday

When Craig Steckler was a young boy in Santa Ana in the mid-1950s, he and his buddies befriended a policeman who said he loved helping people, especially those defenseless against crime. Steckler, then a fourth-grader, idolized the good-natured lawman.

“From that age forward, I knew I wanted to be a cop and give back to the community,” he said. Steckler lived his boyhood dream, starting as a San Clemente officer in 1968 and becoming Fremont’s chief of police in 1992. But after more than four decades in law enforcement, Steckler — now 68 — said it’s time to call it quits. Sunday will be his last official day as chief. “I love this profession, but 45 years is long enough,” he said.

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Chris DeBenedetti

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