- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 22, 2014

RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) - Rutland Police Chief James Baker has announced he’s leaving to take a job with the International Association of Police Chiefs in Washington.

The Rutland Herald (http://bit.ly/12aDXfl ) reports that Baker is leaving his job about eight months before his contract expires.

The 58-year-old chief, who has led the department for about three years, says it was a tough decision to leave.

He is credited with helping create a community network and a drug market intervention strategy that working together to combat the local heroin problem.

He’ll become director of law enforcement and support at the nonprofit police chiefs’ organization.

Baker is a past commander of the Vermont State Police and executive director of the Vermont Police Academy.

A special committee will search for a replacement.

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