STOCKTON (CBS SF/BCN) – Stockton Police Chief Eric Jones announced his retirement Thursday after 29 years with the department, including nine years as the chief.

Jones, who began as a Stockton police officer trainee in 1993 before working his way up the ranks to being appointed the city’s 49th police chief in 2012, is retiring effective Thursday.

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In the announcement, department representatives wrote, “Chief Jones has been an outstanding and focused leader who has guided the Stockton Police Department through countless challenges. He is well-respected and an example to all staff within the Police Department and City of Stockton.”

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Former Stockton Police Chief Eric Jones (City Of Stockton)

No information was immediately available about who will be the next chief.

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