Funeral services will be conducted today for former Beverly Hills Police Chief Lee Tracy, who died Tuesday at his home in North Hollywood after a long illness. He was 47.
Tracy joined the Beverly Hills force as a traffic patrol officer 22 years ago.
In 1972 he was appointed sergeant in the detective and patrol divisions, and in 1976 he was promoted to lieutenant in charge of traffic and detective divisions. Tracy was named chief in 1979, replacing Edward Kreins, who was named city manager.
"He contributed 22 years to the city with a great deal of honesty and caring," Kreins said. "Lee cared about the organization and the city and was a tremendous friend."
Kreins said Tracy expanded the K-9 police dog unit and the drunk-driving and crime prevention programs. "The integrity of the department was maintained because of his leadership," Kreins said. "He set a standard for the department to follow."