October 14, 2011
The Monterey Police Department will soon see a changing of the guard in its top ranks.
City Manager Fred Meuerer announced today that Deputy Chief Phil Penko (pictured) will be Monterey's next Chief of Police. He'll take over when the current Chief of Police, Tim Shelby, leaves that post for retirement later this year.
Both Penko and Shelby have a multi-decade history of service with MPD. Penko has been with the force since 1985, and has served in numerous capacities, from Investigations Sergeant to patrol Watch Commander. Outgoing Chief Shelby's 32-year career with MPD has included stints as a Community Action Team officer and field trainer before he was promoted to Deputy Chief in 1998 and Chief of Police in 2007.
“Phil Penko has demonstrated his commitment to serving our community throughout his career,” said Meurer in a statement. “He is well known and highly respected in the local community and in law enforcement.”
An exact last day for Shelby and first day for Penko as chief have not yet been announced.