Berkeley's top cop retiring

September 25, 2009 7:46:06 AM PDT
Berkeley police Chief Doug Hambleton is finishing a nearly five-year stint as the city's top cop and retiring.

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Today, Capt. Eric Gustafson, a 28-year-old veteran of the Police Department, will become interim police chief as the city continues its search to select a permanent replacement for Hambleton, city officials announced.

Hambleton became a Berkeley police trainee in 1975 and a patrol officer the next year. He worked numerous posts and was part of the Hostage Negotiations Unit and the Budget Unit, and also spent a year as an assistant to the city manager.

Gustafson will serve as interim chief until a permanent chief has been selected and approved by the City Council.

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