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Lexington Police Chief Crowder Announces His Retirement

August 24, 2009 | Virginia News

News Image Chief Steven E. Crowder will retire from his position on Dec. 31.

by Roberta Anderson
The Lexington News-Gazette The announcement of Crowder’s impending retirement was made at Thursday’s City Council meeting by City Manager Jon Ellestad. Ellestad distributed a memo from Crowder to Council members announcing his decision. Ellestad noted Crowder has served 34 years as a police officer and is eligible for retirement. In the memo, Crowder thanked Ellestad for his support throughout the years as well as retired Chief Bruce Beard, City Council and his family. “Few people ever realize what a family endures in our profession, and I have certainly been blessed with their understanding and support,” Crowder wrote. Crowder also emphasized that his decision to retire is “purely personal” and not related to any complaints “concerning a perception that some may feel that our agency is overly aggressive … I look forward to pursuing the Citizen’s Academy program that I recently submitted that I feel will help with this misconception.” Crowder concluded by pledging his support to assist with a smooth transition to his successor within the administration of the department and vowed to play a supporting role in the future “wherever my experience could be utilized.” Crowder was appointed chief of the Lexington department in 2006. Ellestad told Council that the city’s first priority is to hire a fire and rescue chief, a position for which 87 applications have been received. He also said the city may hold the police chief’s position open after Jan. 1, 2010, in order to allow money to accumulate in the budget until more definite information is received from the state concerning additional budget cuts in the upcoming fiscal year. “The department is running smoothly under Chief Crowder and I’m sure it will continue to do so,” Ellestad said. (This is part of the August 19, 2009 online edition of The Lexington News-Gazette.)