After 27 years of law enforcement service in Yuba City, Police Chief Robert Landon will be hanging up his badge. Chief Landon announced his plans to retire on September 30, 2021.

Chief Landon joined the Yuba City Police Department in 1994. He rose through the ranks, holding positions of patrol officer, detective, sergeant, lieutenant, captain, deputy chief, SWATcommander, and in 2008, he became the Department’s 13th Chief Officer.

“It has been my honor to serve the incredible community of Yuba City my entire law enforcement career,” said Chief Landon. “I am blessed to have worked with so many talented and dedicated public servants.”

Chief Landon is lauded for his involvement and outreach with schools, community groups and nonprofit organizations.

Chief Landon will be greatly missed,” said Yuba City City Manager, Dave Vaughn. “He has rightly held our top law enforcement position for almost 13 years because of his servant leadership, approachability, professionalism and true love for our community.”

Chief Landon is a U.S. Navy veteran who served more than 11 years onboard nuclear powered submarines during Operation Desert Storm and the Cold War. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and a Master of Science in Emergency Services Administration. He is a graduate of the West Point Leadership Academy, the FBI National Academy and the California Police Officers Standard and Training (POST) Management Course.

Along with multiple military awards and decorations, Landon possesses the Yuba City Police Department’s Purple Heart, Distinguished Service Medal and Peace Officer of the Year Award. Additionally, he was awarded the Silver Medal in weight lifting at the 2007 Western States Police and Fire Games (formally known as the Police Olympics) in Mesa, Arizona, and in 2008 and 2009, he received the Gold Medal in the same event held in Boise, Idaho and Santa Clarita, California.

Chief Landon and his wife, Traci, are proud parents of their son, Carter, currently attending University of Oregon.

“What I said 13 years ago when I became your Chief of Police, rings even more true today,” said Chief Landon. “We have a unique bond in our diverse community, bound together by the schools our children attend, the businesses we frequent, and the special events and traditions that make us such a culturally rich City.

“My final months here will be some of the most important, as I help in this leadership transition. I am committed to leaving this office in the best hands possible and I look forward to watching the Department continue to advance its culture of professionalism and adaptability.”

A search for Yuba City’s new Police Chief will begin immediately with the expectation to have a new Chief in place by Fall of 2021.

“As we start the selection process, we are committed to hiring a highly qualified Police Chief who will lead the talented and professional men and women of our Yuba City Police Department. As with our recent recruitment for City Manager, we will be seeking our community’s input on the selection of our next Chief,” said Yuba City Mayor, Marc Boomgaarden. “It’s vital that our top law enforcement leader continue to reflect our community’s culture and values. Please contact me through the City’s website,, to provide your input.”