Interim Police Chief Anthony Cruz to retire after 12 years from the Palomar College Police Department.
According to an email from Vice President of Student Services Adrian Gonzales, Cruz used accumulated vacation time to go on leave on Feb. 12 until his retirement at the end of the semester, to spend more time with his grandchildren and to travel with his wife.
Cruz, a five time winner of Palomar’s Employee of the Year, joined the PCPD in 2002 and has been the interim police chief for the second time since 2008.
Starting out as a patrol officer, Guam native Cruz also served as an interim police sergeant, interim police chief from 2003 to 2006 and was promoted to police lieutenant in 2006.
Cruz joined the United States Marine Corps after high school in the enlisted ranks and was selected to become an officer in 1985. He retired in 2000 at the rank of Major.
After his retirement from the Marine Corps, Cruz was hired by the Oceanside Police Department where he worked for 15 months until he left for the PCPD.
Former San Diego Community College District Police Chief Charlie Hogquist will serve as interim police chief until the position is filled.