Coronado’s Police Chief, Jon Froomin, Announces Retirement

CORONADO, CA – Jon Froomin has announced his retirement as Coronado Police Chief, a position he has held for five years. His last day is July 9.

Froomin, 50, came to Coronado as a 30-year veteran of the Foster City Police Department.

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“During his time here, Jon has demonstrated himself as a strong leader and a dedicated professional,” said City Manager Blair King. “We are sad to see Jon go but wish him the best in retirement. He will be missed.”

Under Froomin’s direction, the City of Coronado Police Department placed a special emphasis on building solid relationships between Coronado’s youth and the Police Department. Evidence of that was his support for the Coronado Police Explorers program that was in its infancy when he arrived, the establishment of a school resource officer position, and the implementation of the GREAT (Gang Resistance Education and Training) program at Coronado middle and elementary schools.

He guided the transfer of management of the City’s Animal Control Facility to a local animal welfare nonprofit group. Along with that move, Froomin also improved animal control functions, such as increased training for Police and Police Services officers and better animal-handling equipment in all patrol cars.

Froomin also used more aggressive outreach methods to make sure all positions within the department are filled, including increasing the percentage of women on the force to 21 percent.

The Special Olympics Southern California will soon honor Froomin with the Chiefs Award of Excellence for his involvement with the Special Olympics. Froomin has been a big supporter for Special Olympics for more than 16 years through fundraising, volunteering at sporting competitions and serving on the San Diego Regional Leadership Council.

“I appreciate the opportunity to serve and be part of the Coronado community,” Froomin said. “I have a great deal of respect for Police Department personnel, who work hard daily to provide superior service.”

A search for Froomin’s replacement will begin soon, said King, who anticipates casting a large net to generate a quality applicant pool.

Coronado is a full-service City. The Police Department, operating on a $12 million annual budget, consists of 67 paid employees and 40 civilian volunteers for the Senior Volunteer Patrol, Reserve Officer and Explorer programs. The Department prides itself on integrity, professionalism, respect and teamwork.

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