Glendale Police Chief Carl Povilaitis announced his retirement Friday after being a member of the department since 1991 and chief since 2018.
He will remain in the position until September.
As chief, Povilaitis began programs that have allowed for real-time crime analysis; a regional DNA and firearms laboratory in collaboration with other city, county and federal partners; and an area-based service model to improve the quality of life for residents and businesses through accountability, professional responsibility, and strategic utilization of both sworn and professional police resources.
“Chief Povilaitis has done an incredible job leading our police department,” Glendale Mayor Ardy Kassakhian said in a statement. “He has supported many programs that have better connected law enforcement with our community, and we are a stronger and safer city thanks to his leadership.”
Povilaitis began his career with the Glendale Police Department as a patrol officer, later becoming a sergeant, lieutenant, captain and deputy chief.
“There never seems to be the right time to announce a retirement when you are so committed, but, with the recent published reports ranking Glendale as one of the safest cities in the United States, it couldn’t have been at a better time,” Povilaitis said.