Clovis Police Chief Basgall announces retirement

Clovis Police Chief Matt Basgall announced his retirement from the department on Thursday.

Basgall, who was named Chief of Police of Fresno County’s second largest city in 2014, spent 29 years with the department.

“It has been an honor and privilege to serve the citizens of the City of Clovis,” Basgall said in a statement. “The Police Department staff does amazing work every day, and I leave knowing the department will remain in great hands.”

Basgall, a longtime Clovis native, is a Clovis High and CSU Stanislaus graduate.

Clovis Mayor Drew Bessinger, a former Clovis Police officer, reflected on his own nostalgia with Basgall’s retirement.

“Matt was a fresh-faced rookie on my first graveyard shift as a new Corporal,” Bessinger said in a statement. “I watched with pride as Matt grew to become both a great cop and a great leader in our community. I hope you enjoy a well-deserved retirement.”

With Basgall’s retirement imminent, Clovis City Manager Luke Serpa will initiate a selection process for a replacement. The Police Chief is appointed by the City Manager and confirmed by the Clovis City Council.

Basgall’s retirement is effective on Aug. 2, 2019.

Alex Tavlian is the Executive Editor of The San Joaquin Valley Sun and Executive Director of Valley Future Foundation. You can reach Alex at