Richard McEachin, Clayton Police Chief

McEachin returns to lead Clayton police department

Richard McEachin, Clayton Police ChiefCLAYTON, CA (Jan. 26, 2023) — For those of you who don’t know me, I worked for the Clayton Police Department from 2005 to 2016. At that time, I left to seek other career challenges. I have been back in Clayton for a few months now, and I am getting settled in.

We have begun to assess where the Police Department is and where we would like to see it go. The department is made up of dedicated individuals who really enjoy working in a small community like Clayton. I often hear how much the Clayton community loves the police department, and my primary goal is to continue that partnership with the community.

A topic of concern in Clayton has always been traffic-related issues, from speeders to stop sign runners and everything in between. I intend to focus on traffic enforcement in the coming year to continue to keep the public safe. Please be mindful of traffic laws and drive carefully while traveling through Clayton.

I look forward to seeing a lot of familiar faces and getting to know new ones over the next several years. I am honored to be your police chief, and I hope that I will live up to your expectations.

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