Morro Bay police chief to retire

Morro Bay Police Chief John DeRohan is retiring April 23.

Cmdr. Tim Olivas, a 23-year department veteran, will replace him.

DeRohan started his career in Oceanside, and later became commander in the Pismo Beach Police Department. In 2002, he became Morro Bay’s commander, and was promoted to chief in 2004.

Olivas started working for Morro Bay Police in 1987, he left to work for the California Department of Fish and Game, but moved back to Morro Bay to be police commander.

In Morro Bay’s police department there are 17 sworn police officers, five dispatchers and three civilians. The department has a $3 million budget.