Lompoc Police Chief Pat Walsh has announced his resignation from the department.
Walsh did not say why he decided to step down or release details on his future plans.
Lompoc city officials said he will continue in his role as chief for the next several months while they search for his replacement.
“I have enjoyed my 35 years of law enforcement, and would not change a thing. It is time for the fine men and women of the Lompoc Police Department to take the lead and carry on,” Walsh said. “I can think of no better people to guide the Lompoc Police Department into the future.”
Walsh has served as the Lompoc Police Chief since 2014. He began his career in law enforcement in 1984 in Los Angeles.
“Chief Pat Walsh has done an outstanding job leading the Lompoc Police Department,” said Jim Throop, City Manager. “Chief Walsh is well-loved in Lompoc, and his departure will leave a hole in the heart of the Lompoc Valley.”
The city is currently working on plans to address the position vacancy. Walsh and Throop will work together to ensure a smooth transition.