Pleasant Hill Police Chief Robert Driscoll has announced that he will retire in July 2022 after a career spanning more than three decades in law enforcement. Driscoll has faithfully served the Pleasant Hill community since 1984 and served as the Police Chief since 1996.
During his tenure, Chief Driscoll has provided safety and security for Pleasant Hill and advocated for Pleasant Hill on a regional level. Driscoll was instrumental in bringing 911 to Pleasant Hill including the integration with a county-wide system. He worked with the county and other jurisdictions on a radio system interoperability so departments can better coordinate responses. Driscoll has not only led the department and City through natural disasters such as fires, floods, poison gas clouds, train disasters, ice storms, tornadoes, and building collapses; he was often doing manual labor in addition to crisis coordination to ensure residents were safe and could go about their normal daily activities. Driscoll could always be counted on for the City’s disaster preparedness and response. He helped increase the number of storm sirens throughout the community and assisted with the creation of disaster response teams and medium-term sheltering systems.
“Chief Driscoll has been immensely valuable to this community during his tenure. In addition to his service to the department, his service to the community as a whole cannot be underscored. He served with honor, integrity, and trust – leading with a servant's heart. It will be very difficult to replace Chief Driscoll,” said City Administrator Shelby Teufel.
The City has initiated a recruitment for the hiring of the next police chief.