ALAMEDA -- Alameda police Chief Mike Noonan announced today that he will retire after serving 27 years with the department. His official last day will be June 1.

"I have long believed that I am the luckiest employee in the city of Alameda because of the great people I work with," Noonan said in a retirement memo to City Manager John Russo. "Being the leader of such an outstanding organization has been a very humbling experience. I thank the men and women of the Alameda Police Department to allow me to lead this organization the last three years."

Russo has named Capt. Paul Rolleri as the interim chief. A veteran of the department like Noonan, Rolleri grew up in Alameda and will take over on June 1.

"This is bittersweet," Mayor Marie Gilmore said in a statement. "Chief Noonan has served our community well throughout his career. He has led Alameda's Police Department with honor and professionalism. We will miss him, and we wish him all the best."

Noonan will act as a consultant to the city for six months after his retirement to help with the transition as officials search for his replacement.

This story will be updated.

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