Police Chief Rod Lucich set to retire
Molalla Police Chief Rod Lucich plans to retire in April. The public is invited to help celebrate his retirement at a party on April 24 just before his last day on April 30.
He's been doing his job for the last 40 years, 32 of them in Portland but the last eight as Chief here in Molalla.
"I've grown to fall into the community. The people have been the best part of the job. It's been great to see the city grow, to be able to adjust to toward the future and new developments. It's been exciting," he told the Pioneer.
But he has some plans for the future that include making up for lost time and enjoying his family as well as his music and working on his property.
That's not all. He and his wife will be doing some traveling. Their first trip is to Scotland, and then they plan to visit some of America's landmarks like Mount Rushmore and those in Washington, D.C.
Lt. Frank Schoenfeld will do his best to step into Chief Lucich's shoes with his affable personality and long career. He's worked for four different policing agencies starting with the Oregon City Police Department for six years. He was hired as a deputy for the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office for 10 years where he first worked as a Patrolman and moved into the Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT), Case Management Unit, Special Investigations (SIU) and Regional Organized Crime and Narcotics Taskforce.
Schoenfeld then moved on to the Canby Police Department where he worked as a Patrol Sergeant, followed by a Detective Sergeant and Supervisor assigned to the newly formed South Metro Gang Task Force. He retired from Canby in 2016 and was hired by the Molalla Police Department that year and assigned to be a Patrol Sergeant and promoted to his current job as Lieutenant. He's lived in Molalla for about 27 years.