Atherton Police Chief Ed Flint is retiring


Atherton Police Chief Ed Flint will retire effective Oct. 14, the town announced Sept. 30. Chief Flint had been on leave with a medical condition for months and Commander Joe Wade has been acting chief since early April.

Chief Flint was hired by Atherton as an interim chief in July 2011, but the town convinced him to stay and interim was removed from his title in May 2012.

He has worked in law enforcement for more than 40 years, including serving as police chief in Santa Rosa and Elk Grove. He also worked during his career with the California Highway Patrol in Redwood City and the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department, and was assistant police chief in Citrus Heights.

He is a retired Army colonel, and served in the Army Reserves and California National Guard.

Mayor Elizabeth Lewis said she is "sad to lose Ed as our chief of police."

She said Chief Flint "joined us at a critical time and set a very high bar of excellence, integrity and performance in our police department. He has recruited the 'best of the best' to serve and protect our residents and the 10 schools and 7,000 students in our town."

In a statement, the town says he "played a major role in improving the police department through staffing changes and new hires, and execution of new policies and procedures."

Among changes he brought to the department were strengthening the traffic unit; bringing back a schools' resource officer; increasing the number of authorized sworn personnel; adding a fifth dispatcher to the rotation; securing a full-time code enforcement officer; and working with the Civic Center Advisory Committee to help design new police department facilities.

He also implemented recognition awards for employees based on years of service and adopted a new department motto: "To Serve With Honor, Integrity and Professionalism," which was etched on all police vehicles.

"Flint's exceptional leadership and dedication to the town has been greatly appreciated by the community, town council, city manager and town staff," the town's statement says. "His professionalism and integrity have been invaluable and will leave a lasting impression on the department."

Atherton's City Manager George Rodericks also had praise for Chief Flint. "I've had the opportunity to work directly with six police chiefs over the course of my 16 years as a city manager," he said. "Some were contract, some were employees – all were exemplary. Chief Flint is no exception. His dedication to the organization, to the community, and to his role as one of its leaders was inspiring."

Mr. Rodericks said Joe Wade will remain as acting chief while the town looks for a new police chief. He said the process will take at least two to three months and will probably use a recruitment firm.

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8 people like this
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Sep 30, 2016 at 12:56 pm

Chief Flint,
You will be missed and yours will be hard shoes to fill.
To us you have done a great job, you are truly a professional, and have done a terrific job of hiring.
We wish you good health and success at your endeavors beginning October 15th.
Best to you !

4 people like this
Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Sep 30, 2016 at 2:56 pm

Peter Carpenter is a registered user.

Chief Flint leaves a superb legacy because of his integrity and his leadership.

Thank you Ed for a job well done!

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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Sep 30, 2016 at 3:26 pm

Best of Health to Chief Flint.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Atherton: other
on Sep 30, 2016 at 9:30 pm

I agree with Elizabeth Lewis: Mr. Flint did come to Atherton at a critical juncture for its police department and helped restore credibility to it. I hope the town learns from its past mistakes and finds another qualified outside chief to lead the PD. The department is just too small to promote from within, and the last several attempts to do this did not work out well. Bringing in an outside chief who will hold feet to fires due to no pre-existing relationships will lead to sharper management of this expensive resource for residents. Qualified existing APD personnel would be able to get a promotion track to chief by going to another city.

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Posted by Scott Barnum
a resident of Atherton: other
on Oct 3, 2016 at 8:30 pm

A hearty thank you to Chief Flint for the good work and leadership he has rendered during his tenure as APD's Chief… and for his years of service as a law enforcement officer. On behalf of ADAPT (Atherton Disaster and Preparedness Team), we want to wish you and your family all the best in your retirement and continued best wishes for your good health. We appreciated your support over the years.

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