Salinas Police Chief Adele Fresé announces her retirement – Monterey Herald | #retirement | #elderly | #seniors
SALINAS — After nearly five years in charge of the Salinas Police Department, Police Chief Adele Fresé announced her retirement during a news conference Wednesday.
“The bittersweet part, not so much that I’m not going to be a police chief anymore — that part doesn’t really bother me at all — I’d like to share that what concerns me most and weighs on my heart is not being a police officer again,” she said. “I’ve done this job for 27 years, I’ve worn a uniform for much, much longer than that, so on a personal level this will be a huge adjustment.”
Fresé earned a Master of Science degree in public safety from Capella University in Minnesota after getting her bachelor’s from CSU Hayward, which is now CSU East Bay. She was born in San Leandro and raised in San Lorenzo and is married with four children. She served with the Marines from 1985 until 1992 and spent 20 years with the police force in Corpus Christi, Texas, before becoming Greenfield’s police chief. Fresé replaced Kelly McMillin as Salinas police chief in 2016.
City Manager Steven Carrigan praised Fresé for serving the city, stating she left the department in better shape than she found it.
“I know she inherited a very difficult situation at the police department,” he said. “She did an outstanding job and she should be very proud of herself and I think all city employees and the residents of the city of Salinas owe her a huge debt of gratitude.”
Fresé said the department will continue to run smoothly without her thanks to Assistant Chiefs Manuel Martinez and Roberto Filice.
“My departure doesn’t equate to any significant change,” Fresé said. “That’s something that I really set my mind to doing, is creating a succession plan for Salinas police.”
Carrigan said Filice, who left his position as operations commander with the Marina Police Department in 2017 to become an assistant chief in Salinas, will become the acting police chief when Fresé leaves.
While Mayor Kimbley Craig said it’s too early to determine the next steps of searching for a new permanent police chief, Carrigan said he will be looking for candidates who represent the community and are ready to invest in the community.
“I know that there are outstanding candidates out there and we will find one to be the next chief here in Salinas,” Carrigan said.
Fresé said her plans for the future are in flux though she has opportunities in the public and private sectors.
“But for now, I want to finish my time here,” she said, adding she’s looking at sometime around July 1 as her last day with the department.