Arroyo Grande police chief retiring in July

June 26, 2020

Chief Beau Pryor

By Karen Velie

Arroyo Grande Police Chief Beau Pryor announced Friday that he plans to retire in July, capping a 26-year career with the department.

“I am very pleased to announce my planned retirement date with you,” Pryor said.”It has been an honor to serve the citizens and visitors of Arroyo Grande for the past 26 years as a public servant.”

His last day will be July 9.

Pryor served as Arroyo Grande’s police chief for the past three years. Before becoming chief, Pryor was a commander, a motorcycle traffic officer, senior police officer, detective, sergeant, and detective sergeant. He has also served as a field training officer, a bicycle patrol officer and a member of the Special Response Team.

Pryor said he is selecting his replacement from the city’s two commanders.

“I have committed the last four years mentoring two police commanders for this moment,” Pryor said. “They are actively engaged in a competitive process and one of them will be chosen to lead this organization into the future. Lastly, this succession plan will create promotional opportunities throughout every rank within the department, which is exciting for the membership and it brings new leadership throughout the ranks.

“I am very appreciative for all of the support that has been provided to me, my family and all of the outstanding members of your Arroyo Grande Police Department!”

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Since when does a police chief select his or her own successor?

Financially, the smart ones move out of state. You can live like a king on that PERS pension outside of California.

After almost 3 decades as a cop getting BS thrown at him/them by arm chair enthusiasts he deserves a good pension.

Have a good life. You earned it the hard way.

Best Wishes Chief Pryor ! Thank you for you service.

Along with the all the press coverage on police using excessive force – could maybe, just maybe

another reason for retiring now is some of the changes being made to the CalPERS retirement


I’m not knocking him for taking advantage of all the tricks in place to boost his retirement pay (I’d probably do the same); just saying that there may be other reasons.

What are you talking about? “tricks”. A person in his field for 26 years in all those avenues of experience has nothing to do with tricks boosting retirement pay, it’s called tenacity, focus and hard work.

Thank you Chief Pryor for all that you have done for our community. I think everyone should thank these heroes!

Right on ByteMaker, I’m with you. He helped me when I needed some help.

Good time to retire if you’re a Police Officer…

Congrats and best wishes in your continued endeavors.