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"Menlo Park Police Chief Dave Bertini unexpectedly announced today he was retiring during an online town hall meeting regarding policing, saying he has lost the trust of council.

Bertini made his announcement after Councilman Ray Mueller asked him how the police department can build a better relationship with residents.

Bertini, who has headed the department since 2018, said that he thinks it’s time for the city to have a 'fresh start' and that the only way to do so is by him retiring.

'It is obvious to me that I have lost the trust of council,' Bertini said.

Council members were clearly shocked. Mayor Cecilia Taylor called for a 15-minute break since it was the first she had heard of Bertini retiring. The council has since gone into an emergency closed session meeting to discuss Bertini’s retirement.

Bertini said he is staying on until July 30 to allow for City Manager Starla-Jerome Robinson to find an interim police chief.

'I’m sorry and God bless to the men and women in Menlo Park Police. I am sorry to them and thank you very much,' Bertini said before turning off his video."

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