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Escondido police chief to step down to lead Menifee PD

City officers mentioned they’ll appoint an interim chief from the EPD command employees to serve following Varso’s departure on June 28.

ESCONDIDO, Calif. — Escondido Police Chief Ed Varso has accepted a suggestion to lead the police division in Menifee and can serve his final day later this month within the northern San Diego County metropolis the place he has labored as a regulation officer for greater than twenty years, officers introduced Tuesday.

“While I am excited for the opportunity to lead the Menifee Police Department, it is sad to say goodbye to Escondido,” mentioned Varso, a 21-year member of the EPD who has served as its chief since 2020. “Day after day I witness a level of dedication and professionalism from all members of the Escondido Police Department that is second to none.”

City officers mentioned they’ll appoint an interim chief from the EPD command employees to serve following Varso’s departure on June 28.

“While this is an incredibly exciting opportunity for Chief Varso to help build a new police department and bring his leadership to a new community, it is truly a loss for Escondido,” City Manager Sean McGlynn mentioned, “We will work quickly to engage in a national recruitment to find a replacement who will continue to advance the mission and values of our organization.”

The departing chief supplied thanks to the Escondido neighborhood “for all of the support it has shown — not only to me, but to the entire Escondido Police Department.”

“EPD is an outstanding police department, and I know that it will continue to provide exceptional service for years to come,” he mentioned.

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