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Former Arroyo Grande police chief passes away

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Posted at 7:44 AM, Apr 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-23 00:38:14-04

Arroyo Grande’s former police chief has died.

The City of Arroyo Grande reports that Beau Pryor passed away Wednesday morning.

"Chief Pryor left an indelible mark on the City of Arroyo Grande. He was professional above all things, and he showed everyone what being a community leader should look like. He took the AGPD to the next level, and retired having set us up with policies and personnel that will carry us forward for years to come. There are just not enough words of praise to capture his legacy. The city mourns alongside the Pryor family during this devastating time," said Mayor Caren Ray Russom.

“Chief Pryor was more than an outstanding leader,” current Chief Michael Martinez said. “He was a great friend who inspired us all. We are fortunate to follow in his footsteps as he created a level of professionalism in our organization that will carry on forever."

Pryor, 50, began his career with the Arroyo Grande Police Department in 1994 and was appointed to chief in 2017. He retired in July 2020.

He said retirement would allow him to spend more quality time with family and friends.

No word on Pryor’s cause of death.

A Meal Train has been set up for his family.