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Palo Alto Police Chief Dennis Burns announces retirement

Published Tuesday December 13

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After nearly 35 years of service, chief to step down at the end of this 30 days

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Palo Alto Police Chief Dennis Burns, a City Hall veteran who rose through the ranks before assuming the department’s top position 8 years ago, is preparing to turn in his badge later this month.

Burns, a soft-spoken and popular leader who joined the Palo Alto Police Department in 1982, announced that he plans to retire at the end of this year, the city announced in a statement. Police Captain Ron Watson will serve as interim chief while the city conducts a national search for Burns’ permanent replacement, according to the city.

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