Lacombe Police Chief Steve Murray has announced his retirement, effective this Friday.
In a statement released Tuesday afternoon, Murray said he was proud of what he's helped accomplish in Lacombe but that it was time to, "Depart and focus on addressing personal health issues."
Murray began with the Lacombe Police Service in 1999 and was named Chief of Police in 2013.
Prior to announcing his retirement, Murray had been placed on administrative leave "pending further notice."
Jonathan Jacobson, chair of the Lacombe Police Commission, wouldn't comment on why Murray had been put on leave but thanked him for his years of service to the community.
Lacombe Mayor Steve Christie also declined comment regarding Murray's leave, saying it was an issue for the Lacombe Police Commission, not City Council.
Inspector Lorne Blumhagen, who had taken over Murray's duties while he was on leave, has been appointed Acting Police Chief. The Lacombe Police Commission will now come up with a strategy for finding Murray's permanent replacement.
Lacombe is set to open its brand new police station later this fall.
Full statement from Steve Murray:
“I am extremely proud of the accomplishments LPS has achieved over the past four years with the tremendous support of both the Lacombe Police Commission and City Council, and some significant organizational change projects will come to fruition in the near future. With those changes in place, and with an experienced and energetic team at LPS, it is time for me to depart and focus on addressing personal health issues. I feel both honored and privileged to have had the opportunity to work alongside so many great people and to serve this wonderful community.”
(with file from The Canadian Press)
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