Retirement of Elk Grove Police Chief Timothy Albright announced

In a press release issued today by the City of Elk Grove, Elk Grove Police Chief Timothy Albright has announced his retirement.

According to the announcement, Albright, who is Elk Grove's fourth police chief since the 2006 formation of the department, will leave his position in March. Albright, who was Elk Grove's assistant police chief, was selected by Elk Grove city manager Jason Behrmann to lead the department in September 2019 following the retirement of Bryan Noblett. 

“It has been an honor to work alongside the men and women of the Elk Grove Police Department who work with passion and empathy to keep Elk Grove safe and thriving,” stated Chief Albright. “Coming to Elk Grove for the final chapter of my career has been most rewarding.

During Albright's tenure, police departments across the country were placed under increased scrutiny, particularly following the death of George Floyd. Following the death of Floyd, stricter guidelines were legislated regarding police conduct.

Not long after Floyd's death, under Albright's command, the department banned choke and strangleholds. The department has also strived to diversify the rank and file and hired Bobby Davis, an African-American law enforcement veteran from the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department, as the Assistant Police Chief.

Before the May 2020 Floyd tragedy, Elk Grove Police dismissed an officer, and another voluntarily resigned in March 2020 for excessive use of force during a June 2019 arrest. Dash and body camera released by the department revealed the officer kicking a handcuffed suspect.   

While the police department has received community support, it has not been without controversy during Albright's tenure. 

Among those controversies was a September 2020 incident where a police officer was criticized for her handling of a traffic stop of a young African-American adult. The incident was video recorded and attracted the attention of civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump.

In December, it was learned after a civil lawsuit was filed that an Elk Grove Police Seargent was accused of sexually assaulting a single mother. The victim said the police officer threatened to harm her son if she did not consent to his sexual advances.

No final date has been announced, and Albright will assist Behrmann in selecting and transitioning the next police chief.  

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