Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Captain Randy Kirby Retires

Long-time Arcadia Police Captain Randy Kirby said farewell to the troops last week after a career that spanned three decades of service to the City of Arcadia.

From the desk of Chief Bob Sanderson:

Captain Randy Kirby retired from the Arcadia Police Department on December 30, 2010, after a distinguished 30 year career. Randy began his law enforcement career in Sierra Madre before coming to Arcadia in 1980. Throughout his career, Randy served in various capacities and steadily rose through the ranks. Admired by both his peers and Department managers through the years, Randy assumed such important positions as SWAT Team Commander, Community Relations Supervisor, Detective Bureau Commander, Patrol Watch Commander and served as Captain over both the Patrol and Administrative Divisions. Captain Kirby also filled in as Acting Chief of Police on many occasions and was well versed in all Department operations. Throughout his career, Randy was known as a cop’s cop, in that he never lost his love for police work and his passion to keep criminals off the street and to assist in patrol work even as a captain when the hot calls occurred. Randy was known to run from his office into the field when a serious crime occurred.

Captain Kirby was well respected by the entire City of Arcadia team of professionals and regularly represented the Police Department in city events and community events. Randy was incident commander and responsible for overall security planning for the Breeder’s Cups held at Santa Anita Park and participated in security for the 1984 Olympics at Santa Anita Park. For his efforts throughout the years, Randy was recognized by numerous awards and commendations and leaves a legacy of service that all department members can look to as a benchmark of faithful service that we all should strive to achieve. Randy will be sorely missed at the Arcadia Police Department and his contributions have made the Department and our community a better place. On behalf of the entire Department, we celebrate the career of our friend and mentor, Captain Randy Kirby, and wish him the very best in retirement and much success in his future.

A retirement party for Captain Kirby is planned for February 4, 2011.  For more information or tickets, please contact Senior Administrative Assistant Norma Zamudio at (626) 574-5185.


  1. Best of Luck to Randy in his retirement, it has been a great pleasure knowing and working with Randy back in the late 70's early 80's.


  2. Captain Kirby taught my police science class in Arcadia High. He was a great instructor and his class was easily the highlight of my time at AHS. Congrats to him, I wish him all the best!