The South Bend Police Department’s investigative division chief announced his retirement this week after a nearly 30-year career.
Steve Richmond informed interim Police Chief Chuck Hurley that his last day will be June 29.
“He has his time in,” Hurley said Tuesday. “ ... He said it’s time for him to move on.”
Richmond, who received his chief’s badge in February 2010, replacing Rick Bishop, was also a St. Joseph County Metro Homicide investigator for 10 years and was a captain within the detective bureau for three years before being named investigative chief.
Hurley, pending Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s approval, said he plans on “wearing two hats” and serving as both interim chief and investigative division chief until a new chief is named.
Hurley, shortly after being sworn in last month, said he could serve as chief anywhere from six to 12 months while he identified leadership within the department to make a possible recommendation to Buttigieg.
Hurley said the new chief should have the opportunity to hire the division chiefs. Aside from the investigative division chief, other assistant chiefs consist of the uniform division chief and the services division chief.
Attempts to reach Richmond on Tuesday for comment were unsuccessful.
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