Orinda Chief of Police Mark Nagel has announced his retirement after 20 years with the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office, with the last six years as the Chief of Orinda.
Chief Nagel began his career with the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office in 2000 as a Deputy Sheriff. He was promoted to Sergeant in 2005 and to Lieutenant in 2012. In 2013, he was selected as the Chief of Police for the City of Orinda.
“This, by far, has been my favorite and most rewarding assignment in my entire career” said Chief Nagel. Over the last six years, Chief Nagel has focused on community policing and ensuring the police department works with all community members. Chief Nagel has also made great strides in bringing technology to the department to provide not only deterrence but also to serve as useful tool in identifying suspects and apprehending criminals.
“With the implementation of license plate reading and security cameras, the ability to develop leads has been critical. Our ability to solve crimes increased substantially,” said Nagel. More recently, the acquisition of an (aerial) drone has given the police the ability to respond and assess a situation faster than not having this equipment.
Mayor Inga Miller praised Chief Nagel saying that he has been an asset to the community and that his tenure in Orinda would be a tough act to follow.
“Chief Nagel is part of the fabric of our community. He is always quick with a smile and takes the time to listen,” Miller said. “Those are attributes that are often contrary to people’s preconceived notions about police, and residents voice appreciation for his disarming demeanor and the time he takes to listen and solve problems. He will be missed.”
“I would like to thank the City of Orinda for their trust and support in allowing me to serve as their Chief of Police for the last six years. I also want to thank my neighboring police and Fire Chiefs for their collaboration on so many projects that benefited our communities. Finally, I would like to recognize the men and women of the Orinda Police Department for their professionalism and support to this community. It has been an honor and a privilege to serve and protect the citizens of Orinda,” said Nagel.
Chief Nagel will not be going far. He has accepted a position at his Alma mater Saint Mary’s College as the Director of Public Safety starting August 26, 2019.
The City Council will recognizing Chief Nagel’s service at their meeting of Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at 7pm in the Orinda Library Auditorium. All are welcome!