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Morro Bay's new police chief comes from Santa Cruz County

Amy Christey will be officially sworn in as Morro Bay’s new police chief on Nov. 13.
Amy Christey will be officially sworn in as Morro Bay’s new police chief on Nov. 13. Courtesy photo

After a lengthy selection process, Morro Bay officials have appointed a new police chief to replace former Chief Tim Olivas, who left in the spring to work as undersheriff in the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office.

Amy Christey will be officially sworn in as the city’s new police chief at the Nov. 13 City Council meeting. She was one of 66 applicants for the position.

Christey will earn $134,839 annually. She will oversee a department of 23 full-time employees and one part-time employee.

Christey has more than 20 years' experience with the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office, where she currently holds the rank of lieutenant, according to a news release.

She also serves as the sheriff’s office bomb team commander, providing regional training and emergency services to all of the cities within Santa Cruz County. Christey also solely supervised the law enforcement service center for the unincorporated community of Aptos, which served 24,000 residents and more than 600 businesses.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice management from Union Institute & University and is currently attending Monterey College of Law in pursuit of her juris doctorate.

Christey is also a graduate of the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST), Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute and Command College, a POST program, where she was chosen for the Hank Koehn Memorial Award as most inspirational student.

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