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TPD Chief Kent Kroeger retires

Tehachapi Police Department

Chief Kent Kroeger has retired from the Tehachapi Police Department (TPD) effective Feb. 2, 2023.

Chief Kroeger originally announced his retirement in November 2021 but rescinded his retirement in early 2022 to assist the City of Tehachapi in recruiting new officers and command staff for the department.

Chief Kroeger began his career with TPD in July 2014 following 26 years with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

"Chief Kroeger was instrumental during his career in developing the Tehachapi Police Department. We are encouraged about the future of this organization and look forward to meeting the needs of our community," said City Manager Greg Garrett. "The hard work put in by the officers and civilian staff making up the Tehachapi Police Department have led to our city being one of the safest communities in Kern County during Chief Kroeger's tenure, we expect the dedication and hard work by TPD to continue."

The City of Tehachapi has hired the recruiting firm of Bob Murray and associates to assist in finding a replacement.

Acting Lt. Jason Dunham will lead the department until a successor is named.