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Police Chief to Retire in June; Health Cited

January 17, 1998|JULIO V. CANO

Citing a recent quadruple-bypass heart operation, Police Chief Daryl Wicker told city officials Friday he will retire in June.

"He is recovering and decided retirement was the best option," City Manager Mark J. Ochenduszko said. "The city is going to miss him. He did a great job."

Wicker, 51, notified the city last week that he was considering retirement. He has suffered two heart attacks in the last couple of years, and he's been off duty since suffering his last heart attack in March. His last day in office will be June 30.

Anticipating Wicker's retirement, the City Council met in closed session earlier this week to consider hiring a recruitment firm to find a replacement.

Ochenduszko said he will choose a recruitment firm next week and determine whether department officers will be interviewed for the post.

Wicker worked for 29 years in the Police Department, his last nine as chief.

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