Brian Masterson, who has served as the director of Rohnert Park’s Public Safety Department for nearly a decade, is retiring next month. In an email to city staff earlier this week, he wrote that it was a difficult decision, but that he and his wife want to spend more time traveling and with their family.
“While I will say the last 10 years have not been easy,” Masterson wrote. “They have been challenging as well as rewarding and we have accomplished many things together to improve the quality of life for our residents here in Rohnert Park.”
Masterson’s announcement comes as his department faces increasing scrutiny over an asset and marijuana seizure program. In April, the city launched an internal investigation into a suspicious traffic stop that took place in December. Two officers, Sgt. Jacy Tatum and his partner. Joseph Huffaker, were placed on leave.
In June, KQED reported about a series of questionable seizures made by Rohnert Park Public Safety officers during traffic stops conducted 40 miles north of the city along Highway 101. Then on June 22, Assistant City Manager Don Schwartz told KQED that Tatum was no longer employed by the city.
In the letter announcing his resignation, Masterson did not directly address the internal investigation or the scrutiny of his department.