Former San Ramon Police Chief Dan Pratt was named the interim police chief in the city of Walnut Creek on March 16, pulling the law enforcement veteran out of retirement to take the position.
Pratt will be following retirement of Walnut Creek’s Chief of Police Tom Chaplin, who stepped down from the position in October 2020, and will be leading the department on an interim basis until a more permanent official can be found.
"I can not adequately express what an honor it is to have the opportunity to serve you this council and the community that is walnut creek, those people who have chosen to live, to work, to play in the city," Pratt said during the Walnut Creek City Council meeting on March 16.
"Walnut Creek is truly a fantastic city and I recognize that the reputation that Walnut Creek enjoys is due to the contributions of many people over many years and I am proud to join the team," he added.
One of the founding members of the San Ramon Police Department in 2007 Pratt retired from the SRPD in 2018 after serving in a variety of roles in law enforcement for nearly three decades, including chief from 2016 to 2018.
Pratt served in San Ramon for 14 of his 28 years as a law enforcement officer, after starting his career with the Contra Costa Sheriff's Office.
According to city staff in Walnut Creek, the hourly rate paid to Pratt will be $116.40 for a monthly base salary of $20,175 -- the maximum salary allowed for this position. While the position has not been given a definitive end date, staff expect the search for a permanent replacement to continue for the next "several months."
"Really why I think Dan will be a good addition here in Walnut Creek and why I am recommending he be selected as interim chief while we continue to look for an interim chief is he has a big focus on leadership and teamwork and that became really apparent in our discussions as well as from his resume," City Manager Dan Buckshi said.
"I think he'll be a nice addition for the next several months, both interacting with our community and working with our police department and entire city team," Buckshi added.
The vacant position had been filled on an interim basis by William Jay Hill, who recently completed his interim assignment.
City staff say there are a number of state laws and regulations governing post-retirement employment of a CalPERS retiree such as Pratt; however, the city is authorized to appoint a retiree to fill a vacant executive position on an interim basis during a recruitment process.