Big news coming out of Walker today as Walker Police Chief Greg Long announced that he'll be retiring from the force effective August 1, 2021.

Chief Long spoke to Fox 17 of his retirement and that he has a lot of faith in the direction of the Walker Police Department for the future and spoke very highly of the staff that's currently in place saying that his staff is the most "talented, dedicated, and compassionate staff any leader could ask for."

He also told Fox 17,

"While there have been many highs and lows, good times and bad times, along with challenging times, I will always treasure the reward of being part of an organization that believes in, and demonstrates, the highest level of integrity in all interactions, along with being a part of what I believe is the most noble of professions."

Walker's Mayor, Gary Carey, also spoke very highly of Chief Long, the impact of his tenure and what retirement means for the city,

"This retirement announcement brings a range of emotions because of the impact Chief Long has had on our community. He has provided a level of visionary and servant leadership that has shaped our department. Part of Chief Long's legacy is that he has left our City in a position of strength to allow for a smooth transition for our next Chief. I am not sure there are sufficient words to express the gratitude from our community."

According to Fox 17, there is no replacement in place for when Chief Long departs, but the City of Walker told the news outlet that they were immediately beginning the search for a new police chief. Their hope is to have a candidate ready to go before Long's retirement starts August 1st.

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