Chattanooga Police Chief Bobby Dodd is retiring at the end of the year, the mayor's office announced Monday.
"I began my career with the city of Chattanooga in 1986, and I have enjoyed the many professional and personal friendships I have been fortunate enough to develop over the past three decades," he said in a prepared statement. "While I look forward to spending more time with my family and friends in retirement, I will miss working with and for such a great group of professional men and women that put on a badge and serve their communities."
Dodd was one of the few top city administrators who stayed in place when Andy Berke became mayor this year. His retirement comes as changes are underway in Chattanooga's police department. The first phase of a new crime-reduction strategy is being put in place. A pension task force, which Dodd is a member of, is considering cuts to retirees' benefits.
The mayor plans to form a blue ribbon panel to search for a new police chief. The panel consists of District Attorney Bill Cox, Roger Dickson—a partner at the downtown law firm Miller & Martin—and Donna Roddy of BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee.
Dodd's retirement goes into effect Dec. 31. Deputy Chief Stan Maffett will act as interim chief during the search for a permanent replacement. Maffett has been with the department for more than 35 years, according to the announcement.
Updated @ 4 p.m. on 12/16/13 to correct a factual error: Dodd has been with the CPD for 25 years, not 29 years, as originally reported.
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