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Atascadero names new police chief

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Posted at 2:47 PM, Dec 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-09 17:47:41-05

The City of Atascadero has named a new police chief.

King City Police Chief Robert "Bob" Masterson was selected to fill the position left open by Chief Jerel Haley's retirement in October.

Chief Masterson has led the King City Police Department since 2016. Since then, he's been credited with reducing gang violence and improving crime statistics in the community and received a Congressional Commendation Letter for violent crime reduction in King City.

In June, the King City Police Department reportedly became the first police department in California to have gun-mounted cameras.

Masterson is expected to begin his new job in Atascadero in early January.