CRESCENT CITY- “It's a bittersweet goodbye,” said Crescent City Police Chief Douglas Plack.
Thursday marked the chief's last day on the force after 11 years as the head of the police department. Chief Plack celebrated his 40th year in law enforcement on June 14. Thursday, he bid goodbye to his badge and embarked upon a new journey: retirement.
While serving as the chief of police, Plack introduced several programs to the community to improve health and safety including: creating a crime tip hotline, a crime free multi-housing program, and establishing an annual crime report.
In his retirement, Plack plans to teach at College of the Redwood's Police Academy and continue to serve as a board member for the Del Norte CASA.
Calvin Scott Berry will serve as the interim Chief of Police until October 31st. At that time, the city intends to instate a new chief.
“It's an emotional day for me. Actually, it's been an emotional week for me but it's a good feeling to leave the department better than how I received it and hopefully the new chief that comes on board feels the same way when it's time for him to move on to other opportunities,” Plack said.