Police Chief Matt Martell to Retire April 1st... No Foolin'
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Police Chief Matt Martell to Retire April 1st... No Foolin'
For Immediate Release: February 03, 2016
Contact: 'Andra Lorenz, Management Analyst, (650) 286-3215, alorenz@fostercity.org

After 32 years of Public Service, the last 25 years in the Foster City Police Department, Police Chief Matt Martell has announced his retirement effective April 1, 2016… No Foolin'.  

Chief Martell was hired by the Foster City Police Department in 1990 and worked his way up through the ranks, holding almost every rank and position in the Department, culminating with his appointment to Police Chief in 2012.  

During his career, Martell modeled the life-long learning concept for his staff by returning to college and eventually earning a Master's Degree in Emergency Services Operations in 2008. He is also a graduate of several leadership programs including the prestigious LAPD WestPoint Leadership Institute.  

As a Police Captain and then Police Chief, Martell prioritized training and mentoring others in the police department, which has had the effect that all of the department Supervisory and Management staff now have college degrees. Chief Martell has always encouraged his officers to prepare today for the opportunities of tomorrow, to train on the things that matter and always act professionally.  His staff has taken this advice to heart, which is borne out by the fact that the City is planning to promote the next Chief from within, allowing the Department to transition seamlessly in to the future.  

"I never micromanaged my officers… I gave them a clear mission, strong guidelines and told them to go out there and solve problems," said Martell. "Because of this approach and their dedication, I know the City will be in good hands as members of the Department step in to their new roles and continue providing the services this community has come to expect from their Police Department."  

Martell added, "It's been an honor and privilege to serve this Community as part of a phenomenal team… the Residents, City Staff, City Councils (past and present) all working toward making Foster City a Great Place to Live Work and Play!" Martell concluded with, "I have had a great career, been part of a great community and worked at FCPD with some of the best police officers anywhere… Period!"  

City Manager Kevin Miller praised Chief Martell's leadership of the Department. "Foster City has had no finer Department and Community leader than Matt. He has dedicated his service to Foster City to create not only a safe place to live, work and play, but also a place where community character, culture and cohesiveness create an unparalleled quality of life. Our City organization and, indeed, our community have been shaped by the integrity and commitment Matt has brought to work here in our City."  

Among his many accomplishments, Martell is proud of being part of the San Mateo County Law Enforcement Community in which the police agencies in San Mateo County work together for the betterment of the region while still retaining what makes each community unique.  

Martell started his career as an MP in the Army and then joined the Antioch Police Department 1987. A few years later, he joined the Foster City Police Department where he has spent the last 25 years serving in the community where he Lives, Works and Plays!  

"Foster City and I were a great fit from the start. The Community, the Department and all the Individuals who make it all work… we all wanted the same thing, a great community with an incredible Quality of Life." To that end, Chief Martell established the Police Department's current motto: "Excellent Service, Every Call, Every Contact, Every Day." Among Chief Martell's proudest accomplishments is that his Staff has fully embraced that philosophy!  

Chief Martell has been very active in the community as a member of the Rotary Club of Foster City and other civic and professional organizations. Upon his retirement, he plans to travel extensively, but promises to come back and frequently visit the Community he loves!  

City Hall - 610 Foster City Blvd.
Foster City, CA 94404
(650) 286-3200