Deputy Chief Cassie McSorley retired Thursday from the Salinas Police Department days after serving her 30th year on the force, including stints as police chief, according to Salinas police. McSorley, 53, was honored at a retirement ceremony and held her final briefing to police inside the rotunda at the Salinas City Hall, police said.
The department hired McSorley, then 23, on July 6, 1993, and assigned her to DUI patrol and enforcement for two years. She was promoted to police specialist/corporal in 1988, became a field training officer and then a detective in the Vice/Narcotic Unit. In 1993, she became a lieutenant and patrol watch commander and worked in administration and special operations. She was elevated to police captain in 1997 and deputy chief in 2003, oversaw all divisions of the police force several times over and became acting chief numerous times, police said.
McSorley was actively involved in establishing in-house officer training teams such as for defensive tactics, officer safety and the use of Tasers. She also worked in the early stages of community policing efforts in Salinas and served terms in the boards of directors of non-profit groups including the Salinas Rotary Club, Partners for Peace and the Salinas Police Activities League. McSorley graduated from San Jose State University with a degree in administration of justice and she completed graduate studies in organizational development at the University of San Francisco.
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