Redwood City Police Chief Dan Mulholland will retire in May 2023 after more than 38 years of service to the city, City Manager Melissa Stevenson Diaz announced Friday.
The city will start recruiting for Mulholland’s successor in January.
Chief Mulholland has served as the city’s police chief for nearly five years. He began his career with the Redwood City Police Department as a community services officer in 1985, then was hired as a police officer two years later. He rose through the ranks, along the way graduating from numerous management and leadership programs en route to earning his prestigious POST Executive Certification last year.
As chief, he’s credited with bringing back the Peer Support Team, reintroducing police chaplains to the organization as COVID restrictions eased. He launched a confidential, on-demand wellness app for use by staff, was instrumental in securing emotional health and wellness services for officers and their families, and was also integral in launching the pilot program that sends mental health clinicians to calls for service, among other efforts.
“Chief Mulholland has led the Redwood City Police Department with integrity and skill during a time of unprecedented challenges,” Diaz said. “He has listened deeply to our community and under his leadership, we have continued to innovate in our service delivery.”
Mulholland said the Police Department is “like family to me” and called it a privilege to work alongside his colleagues through the years.
“Our delivery of public safety is best accomplished by working in partnership with the community we serve,” the city said. “That partnership is strengthened through trust, familiarity and connectivity. The personal connections I have made with this community, always striving to hear first-hand from residents on how to better serve Redwood City, have been tremendously valuable.”