Masterson officially became Police Chief on Jan. 4, 2021

ATASCADERO — News sources have reported that Atascadero City Manager Rachelle Rickard is currently attempting to have Atascadero Police Chief Bob Masterson’s employment terminated. 

Masterson officially became Police Chief on Jan. 4, 2021, after he was confirmed at the City Council Meeting on Dec. 8, 2020. He took over for former Police Chief Jerel Haley, who retired in October 2020. 

Until Atascadero’s City Council is able to determine whether or not to act on the proposed termination, Masterson is no longer a part of the department. The City Council will have the final say on the termination. As of now, the upcoming Sept. 13 meeting’s agenda has not been posted on the city webpage, so there is no confirmation as to if Rickard’s termination request will be on it.


Atascadero News reached out to the City of Atascadero, and it was stated that the city does not comment on any matters regarding their employees. 

This is a developing story, and we will provide more information as it becomes available.