A packed crowd at Salute E Vita Ristorante on Tuesday bid farewell to Richmond police Chief Chris Magnus along with his husband, Terrance Cheung, who was Mayor Tom Butt’s chief of staff and before that a top aide for County Supervisor John Gioia.
The couple is leaving town after Magnus was hired to become police chief of the larger city of Tucson, Ariz.
Magnus’ last day as chief of the Richmond Police Department is Saturday, at which point the department’s second in command, Allywn Brown, becomes interim police chief. A selection process for the city’s next official chief will be underway in the coming months.
Meanwhile, Cheung’s position in the mayor’s office will be filled by current mayoral staffer David Grey.
Tuesday’s send-off was attended by community leaders, members and friends. Officials with Mayor Butt’s office, the Richmond RYSE Center, Contra Costa Family Justice Center and Gioia’s office worked together to plan the celebration, according to RPD.
Magnus may be one of the city’s most popular chiefs historically, having gained local and national recognition for his community policing strategies credited with producing record reductions in crime during the last several years. He joined the department a decade ago following his tenure as the Fargo, N.D., police chief.
According to RPD, during his RPD tenure Magnus installed a number of important programs including CompStat, ShotSpotter, Mental Health Evaluation Team and Operation Ceasefire, to name a few. During that time, he also hired 128 police officers and promoted 32 sergeants, 13 lieutenants, 3 deputy chiefs and 1 assistant chief.
“Through the relationships he forged with the community, his progressive approaches to crime prevention, and his continued efforts of community policing, Magnus was able to reduce Richmond’s crime rate to an all-time low,” RPD said in a statement.
At Tuesday’s send-off, Magnus received a personalized shadowbox that includes his uniform shirt, department patches, individual specialized unit pins and an engraved note of appreciation, police said.
Photos in this story were provided by RPD.