Morro Bay police chief departing to Pacific Grove
July 6, 2016
The city of Pacific Grove in Monterey County has announced it has selected Morro Bay Police Chief Amy Christey to head its police department. Christey is expected to start work in Pacific Grove on Aug. 16.
Christey has served as Morro Bay’s chief since 2012. She previously worked for the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office.
Pacific Grove officials selected Christey from a pool of more than 50 candidates. The city conducted a nationwide search.
“Chief Christey’s hands-on approach to community policing, her emphasis on customer service, her understanding of the needs of a small-town coastal community and her track record as a team player make her a terrific fit for our police department, the municipal organization and the community,” Pacific Grove City Manager Ben Harvey said in a statement.
The Pacific Grove City Council has yet to finalize the hire. Christey’s proposed pay has not been disclosed.
In 2015, Christey received $147,706 in salary and $187,127 in total pay from Morro Bay, according to the Transparent California database. Four members of the Pacific Grove Police Department received more in total pay last year than Christie.