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South Coast Police Chief Announces Retirement Plans

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Santa Barbara Police Chief Lori Luhnow announced she will retire in February of 2021

One of the South Coast’s top law enforcement officers has announced she’s going to retire.  Santa Barbara Police Chief Lori Luhnow will step down next February.

Luhnow is the department’s first female chief.  She’s headed the department since 2016.

City leaders credit her with developing community-based policing programs which improved the department’s relationship with residents.

Luhnow has been a police officer for more than three decades, including a long career with the San Diego Police Department before coming to Santa Barbara.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.