Hemet Police Chief Rob Webb announces end of year retirement

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Hemet Police chief Rob Webb has announced his retirement at the end of 2019. Courtesy photo

Hemet Police Chief Rob Webb, after serving in the city’s police force for 29 years, announced he will be retiring at the end of the calendar year.

Chief Webb, appointed as the city’s police chief in 2017, has served 31 years as a police officer, first serving with the San Diego Harbor Police after graduating from the San Diego Sheriff’s Academy in 1991. He started with the Hemet Police Department working in patrol and moving into field training, the gang unit, investigations and finally to chief. His retirement plan was announced on Oct. 31 and made public this week.

“Chief Webb has exemplified excellence in public service,” said Mayor Bonnie Wright on the city website. “Our community is better as a result of the time Chief Webb led our police department. We congratulate him, and wish him a restful and enjoyable retirement.”

Responding Chief Webb said, “For nearly 29 years, Hemet has provided me with great opportunities and challenges. We have built an incredible team that I am sure will take policing the community to the next level. After 31 years as a police officer, I am ready to spend more time with my family. I look forward to the next chapter.

“I’d like to thank the community members who have provided the department with unwavering support,” he said.

“It has been an honor to work alongside Chief Webb during my tenure in Hemet,” Interim and now Hemet’s newest City Manager Christopher Lopez said. “The police department has been in good hands under the leadership of Chief Webb. He leaves behind a legacy of honor and professionalism in policing. We wish him nothing but the best as he begins his next chapter.”

During his career, Webb became a court certified gang expert, graduated from the Sherman Block Leadership Institute and California POST Command College. He earned a Master of Arts in Leadership and Organizational Studies. He has served in leadership roles for the Police Officers Association and the Police Management Association.

In Hemet he is responsible for starting the police department’s public outreach campaign via social media and reorganizing the department’s structure for cost saving and maximum efficiency.

Tony Ault may be emailed at tault@reedermedia.com