Elk Grove Police Chief Bryan Noblett this week told the Citizen that he could extend his role with the department until August.
In announcing his retirement this April, Noblett shared his intention to retire in July.
Noblett said that although he made that statement, he also expressed flexibility in that plan in his communications with Elk Grove City Manager Jason Behrmann, who will ultimately select his successor.
“Initially, the end of July is what we kind of targeted as my retirement date,” he said. “But all along, I expressed to the city manager that I wanted to help in the process and doing my best to make sure that we find the best person for this organization after I depart.
“These processes take time and as this one has unfolded, we just kept in mind that it’s going to take a little bit longer than what was originally anticipated, and I’m OK with that.”
Noblett added that if the current recruitment process timeline remains unchanged, he would retire in “roughly the third week of August.”
The search for a new police chief for Elk Grove includes the assistance of Greg Nelson, vice president of the Rocklin-based public sector search firm, Ralph Anderson & Associates.
Nelson, a former police chief in Pekin, Illinois, was hired by the city to aid in the recruitment efforts for Noblett’s successor. That process included a community meeting last month, when Nelson gathered community input on what type of police chief they desired.
At that meeting, Nelson mentioned that in the event that someone outside of the department is hired, it could be another one to two months – meaning September or October – before that person is available to begin their service as Elk Grove’s new police chief.
Noblett addressed whether he would consider delaying his retirement until October, if the selected candidate cannot begin their service until that time.
“Not really,” he said. “I think my commitment is to be of assistance to stay in place throughout the remainder of the process, but not necessarily to remain until my replacement is literally in the door.
“So, if that were to take until October, I (will have) retired by the end of August.”
The chief added that in that scenario, Behrmann could hire one of the department’s captains to serve as interim police chief until the arrival of the new chief.
Noblett said that he does not have extensive retirement plans.
“I’m not exactly sure (what he will do),” he said. “My wife is not going to retire immediately, I don’t think, but she and I are going to travel a little bit more. I do a lot of running, so I’m probably going to do a little bit more of that. And I’ll catch up on some things around the house that need to be done. But really I’m just going to relax and take it easy for a little while.
“After some time goes by, I’ll reassess whether I want to go back to work part-time or maybe not at all. I’m just going to take it as it comes.”