"Chief Eberhard has provided exemplary service to the community and he has been a dedicated representative of Palos Verdes Estates," Dahlerbruch said in a statement. "His retirement will leave a legacy of community policing that will be hard to replace."
Eberhard joined the Palos Verdes Estates Police Department in 1984, having previously worked as a lifeguard and swim teacher in the city since 1980. As a police sergeant in 2006, he received the Neptune Award, an honor given each year to one PVE employee who embodies exemplary service to residents and employees of the city, according to the news release. He became a captain in the PVEPD in 2010.
The city's news release also trumpeted Eberhard's work developing and leading PVE_CARES, a community program that began in 2005 for seniors and any dependent adult aged 18-64 in PVE. Since its inception, the program has grown to include more than 736 participants and 21 volunteers.
Once Eberhard retires, PVE will hire an interim police chief until a permanent replacement is determined.