Medford selects Randy Sparacino as new Police Chief

Medford, Ore — Since December, the City of Medford has been looking to name a police chief, now there is a new one and he’s very familiar among his Medford peers.

After nearly 4 months as interim chief Randy Sparacino was promoted to chief of Medford Police after a unanimous decision by the Medford City Council Thursday night.

“Thank you very much, you will not regret this decision, I will make you proud and I will make these folks proud,” said Chief Sparacino, speaking to the council and citizens.

After more than 2 decades on the force Randy Sparacino was promoted to Chief of Police.

“It’s a dream come true, I have started at the police department as a volunteer, and worked my way entirely up to the top so it’s an amazing journey,” said Chief Sparacino.

Sparacino took over as Interim Chief last December after the retirement of Chief Tim George.

In his 22 years on the force Sparacino has filled many roles including patrol, financial investigations and internal affairs.

“I imagined that I’d retire as a sergeant, but to go through every feasible rank of the police department, that’s a dream come true,” said Sparacino.

Now that he’s at the helm of his own police department, Sparacino says he has big plans for the future.

“I’m going to be the type of chief that’s approachable, transparent and a forward thinker,” said Sparacino.

Sparacino will also be inheriting the the brand new Medford Police station next to city hall.

He says the new building will help his staff work more efficiently and be more effective in enforcing the law.

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