Keith Boyd

KING CITY — Interim Police Chief Keith Boyd will become King City’s new chief of police beginning in June.

According to City Manager Steve Adams, Boyd was appointed to lead the King City Police Department after an extensive recruitment, selection and background review process. This process included outreach by a leading professional executive search firm; interviews by three panels of well-respected city managers, police chiefs, community members and staff; and finally interviews and reference checks by Adams.

“Based on the results of our selection process and my experience working with Mr. Boyd, I believe King City is fortunate to be hiring someone with his level of integrity, expertise and commitment to serving our community,” Adams said. “I am very confident we are hiring the best person to lead our police department and continue the progress the city has been making to better protect, and establish a relationship of trust and collaboration with, our residents,” he added.

Boyd, who has served as the city’s police captain since 2019, became interim police chief in January after then Chief of Police Robert Masterson left to accept the police chief position with the City of Atascadero.

His past experience includes positions and assignments in almost all specialized areas of law enforcement with the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office, Marin County Sheriff’s Office, Woodburn Police Department and Central Marin Police Authority.

“It is truly an honor, and I am humbled by my selection to be the next leader of the organization,” Boyd said. “I am excited to work in partnership with the men and women of the organization as we move into the future as a team to serve our community.”

Boyd gave thanks to Adams, Mayor Mike LeBarre and the members of the city council for the opportunity to serve as the city’s next chief of police.

“The police department has come a long way in the past five years, and it is my promise to the city and members of the community to ensure the organization strives to maintain the highest standards of professionalism and excel as leaders in public safety,” he said.

Boyd will be officially sworn in as police chief during a ceremony on Thursday, June 3, at noon outside King City Hall, 212 S. Vanderhurst Ave. The community is invited to attend.

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Ryan Cronk is the managing editor for King City Rustler and Salinas Valley Tribune, a unified publication of Greenfield News, Soledad Bee and Gonzales Tribune. He covers general news for South Monterey County and the surrounding communities.


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