NATCHITOCHES, La. (AP) — The police chief of a city in north Louisiana is calling it quits after 32 years of service.
Natchitoches Police Chief Michael “Micky” Dove announced his retirement Wednesday, KTBS-TV reported. Dove began his tenure with the Natchitoches Police Department in 1989 and rose through the ranks until he was appointed chief in 2009.
His leave begins March 15 and ends June 15.
“On behalf of Mayor Ronnie Williams Jr. and the City of Natchitoches, we wish Chief Dove the best in the next chapter of his life,” City of Natchitoches spokeswoman Hannah Perot-Wenninger said in a news release.
A nationwide search for applicants will be conducted to select a new police chief, she said. Approved applicants will be required to take the police chief exam per the requirements of the Natchitoches Municipal Fire and Police Civil Service Board. Those who pass will head to the next round, where the city’s administration will conduct interviews.
Assistant Chief Harman Winters will serve as interim chief until a replacement is named.