Fri. Jan 28th, 2022
Palm Springs Police Chief Brian Reyes responds to questions from a supporter of vacation rentals at a Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, press conference held to announce a potential new ballot measure regarding vacation rental regulations.

Palm Springs Police Chief Bryan Reyes will retire in August after 27 years working for the department and rising to the top of its ranks, city officials said Thursday.

Reyes will continue to serve as chief until Aug. 23, according to the announcement, in order to ensure a smooth transition to a new chief.  

Reyes was hired as a patrol officer with Palm Springs Police Department in 1993 after serving in the United States Marine Corps. He rose to the rank of police chief in February 2016 after a short tenure as acting police chief following the retirement of former chief Al Franz.

Prior to that promotion, Reyes was on the SWAT Team for 15 years and held every rank in the police department.

“This 27-year journey serving the residents of Palm Springs — and six and a half years as Chief of Police — has been challenging and incredibly fulfilling thanks to the talented and dedicated people I have worked for, worked with — and ultimately those I have been responsible to lead,” Reyes said in a statement. “It is with a great sense of pride and accomplishment that I announce my retirement from the City of Palm Springs, a community I am proud to say is one of the most welcoming and inclusive in the nation — with an exceptional quality of life thanks in large part to a force of outstanding police officers.”

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