Willits Police Chief Fabian Lizarraga confirmed with us today that he has submitted a letter of resignation and will officially be out of the job on September 7, 2023.
Chief Lizarraga has been the head of the Willits Police Department since May 2021. Before that, he served as the Fort Bragg Police Chief between 2015 and 2020. Prior to serving in Mendocino County, he was a member of the Los Angeles Police Department for 37 years. In total, he had a career of over forty years in law enforcement.
Chief Lizarraga told us he has some “R&R” in his future adding that he is “done with law enforcement and working for city governments.”
We asked Willits City Manager Brian Bender what the plan is going forward to hire a new police chief. He told us, “The City cannot comment regarding a personnel matter.”