- Associated Press - Thursday, January 7, 2016

DECATUR, Ala. (AP) - Decatur Police Chief Ed Taylor has announced that he will retire March 1.

According to The Decatur Daily (https://bit.ly/1OcprFf ) Taylor announced Wednesday that he will be putting away his badge after more than 41 years with the police department in order to spend more time with his wife and five grandchildren.

Taylor, who turns 65 next month, was named the city’s police chief in July 2010. He has been with the department since he was hired as a patrol officer in 1974.

Mayor Don Kyle will appoint an interim police chief. Council President Gary Hammon says the City Council will then conduct a search for Taylor’s replacement. Hammon says he is open to hiring from within or holding a national search.

Taylor says he doesn’t plan to endorse a successor.

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Information from: The Decatur Daily, https://www.decaturdaily.com/decaturdaily/index.shtml

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