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Morro Bay swears in new police chief

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Posted at 1:25 PM, Feb 24, 2023

Amy Watkins was sworn in as Morro Bay's new Police Chief on Friday.

It was a packed house at the Veterans Memorial Building for her swearing-in ceremony.

Watkins had been serving as Interim Police Chief since the retirement of former Chief Jody Cox at the end of December.

She says her goals include keeping the streets crime-free and working with a homeless outreach case manager to assist the homeless community in Morro Bay.

"I'm very excited for this opportunity. I'm honored and humbled, and I look forward to continuing to build those strong relationships that we've built over the last few years," Chief Watkins said.

Watkins joined the Morro Bay Police Department in 2019 as a police commander. For 20 years prior, she worked for the Visalia Police Department.