- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 2, 2016

HOUSTON (AP) - Houston Police Chief Charles McClelland is retiring at the end of the month after almost six years in office and 39 years in uniform.

McClelland, who turned 61 on Monday, announced his intentions at a Tuesday news conference attended by Mayor Sylvester Turner.

McClelland said his decision was “not an emotional or rash” one. He said he believes “the cream rises to the top, and it is time for someone else to step in.”

Turner’s predecessor, Mayor Annise Parker, promoted McClelland to chief in April of 2010 after McClelland served as an assistant chief since 1998. He has served on the Houston Police Department force since taking his oath as a patrol officer in 1977.

Turner said he hasn’t yet chosen McClelland’s interim or permanent replacement.

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