Chief Tim Fitch insists he is not retiring over feud with Dooley
CLAYTON, MO (KTVI) – The St. Louis County police chief says he’ll retire this coming February. Chief Tim Fitch made the announcement through his blog Friday morning. Fitch said he’s enjoyed his time in law enforcement but is leaving to start his own public safety consulting group.
He says his decision has nothing to do with his sometimes-running feud with County Executive Charlie Dooley. But, Chief Fitch does say that St. Louis County should only have one police department; not the 66 it has now.
Fitch says he has no regrets about calling in the FBI to probe construction of the new County Police Crime Lab. Fitch thought their might be a criminal conflict of interest when a firm owned by the then-chairman of the County Police Board, and a close friend of County Executive Charlie Dooley, got a sub-contract to help build the lab.
In his blog, Chief’s Chat, Fitch said, “It’s been said that the best time to leave is when you still love what you are doing. That’s how I can describe my entire career. Retiring from this position was not an easy decision. “
Fitch has worked in law enforcement since 1983 and has served as chief of St. Louis County Police since 2009.
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