SAN RAFAEL (BCN) – After serving as San Rafael’s top cop for four-and-a-half years, Police Chief Matthew Odetto submitted his resignation, retiring after 30 years in law enforcement, city officials said Tuesday.

Odetto, 50, became San Rafael’s 15th police chief in December 2006, after holding the top law enforcement post in Tiburon for six years.

His public service career began in 1981, when he worked as a deputy with the Marin County Sheriff’s Office. He worked most of his career in the Southern Marin substation.

In response to challenges presented by several years of economic hardship for the city, Odetto actively sought grant funding to close budget gaps.

“We faced many challenges and enjoyed many successes,” Odetto said in a statement issued by the Police Department. “As I look back on my years in San Rafael, I do so with admiration for my people and the honor of being their chief.”

The City Council will decide on the recruitment and hiring process to select Odetto’s successor. Meanwhile, Capt. Jeff Franzini, a 32-year veteran of the department, will serve as interim chief.

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