Oroville Police Chief Warnstaff announces retirement

Chief goes 10-42 at end of October

“It is good to have a mayor and council that doesn’t try to second guess you. And having Chuck for mayor, as he was a former police chief, that was great,” Clay Warnstaff, Oroville Chief of Police

OROVILLE – After seven years as Oroville’s Police Chief, R. Clay Warnstaff announced his intention of retiring as of Oct. 31.

Chief Warnstaff made the announcement in a short letter to Mayor Chuck Spieth and at the last city council meeting.

“You’ve done so much for the city, what can I say, when you’ve gotta move on, you’ve gotta move on,” said Mayor Spieth.

Warnstaff had nothing but praise for the mayor and council’s support of his efforts over the years.

Mayor Chuck Spieth welcoming Clay Warn staff after he was approved as Chief of Police by the Oroville Council in 2008. Gary DeVon/file photo

Mayor Chuck Spieth welcoming Clay Warn staff after he was approved as Chief of Police by the Oroville Council in 2008. Gary DeVon/file photo

“It is good to have a mayor and council that doesn’t try to second guess you. And having Chuck for mayor, as he was a former police chief, that was great,” said the police chief.

He went on to thank the council for making his time “really easy” and giving him the freedom to do what he wanted to make things work.

“The cooperation between the mayor and city council is outstanding… everyone worked well together,” he said.

Mayor Spieth had appointed Warnstaff the police chief in August of 2008. He had been serving as interim police chief after then Chief, Randy Wheat, was diagnosed with cancer and while he was undergoing treatment. Wheat later succumbed to the disease and the mayor asked Warnstaff to remain in the interim position until a final decision was made on who would be chief.

Warnstaff will be retiring at the same time as City Clerk/Treasurer Kathy Jones, who has worked for the city for 40 years. While Jones’ position has been filled by Joanne Denney, Warnstaff said he did not know yet who would be taking his place.

 

About Gary DeVon

Gary DeVon is the managing editor of the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune and celebrated his 25th year at the newspaper in August 2012. He graduated from Gonzaga University with a degree in Communications - Print Journalism, with an emphasis in photojournalism. He is a proud alumnus of Oroville High School. His family first settled in Okanogan County in the late 1800s. His parents are Judy DeVon and the late Larry DeVon and he has two younger brothers - Dante and Michael. Many family members still call Oroville home. He has a grown daughter, Segornae Douglas and a young granddaughter, Erin.