Burlington police chief to retire next year

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BURLINGTON, N.C. — Burlington Police Chief Michael I. Williams announced Thursday that he plans to retire on May 1, 2013 after serving the role since 2007.

“It has truly been an honor, a privilege, and a blessing to have been able to spend nearly the past three decades as a member of the Burlington Police Department, and as a public servant for the City of Burlington,” said Williams, according to a prepared statement.

City officials said Chief Williams’ career at the Burlington Police Department began in 1986, when he was hired as a patrol officer.

He also served in vice/narcotics, criminal investigations, special operations, internal affairs, as a member and eventual commander of the Special Response Team, an academy instructor and in administration before being appointed Chief of Police.

Officials said the city plans to conduct a thorough search in order to select its next Chief of Police.

“Chief Williams is well respected not only by his staff, but also by the citizens of our community,” said City Manager Harold Owen, in a press release. “While he will certainly be missed by our organization, we wish him and his family nothing but the best during this next chapter of their lives.”

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