Macon Police Chief Mike Burns, who took the job in May 2005 and has more than 38 years in police service, will retire May 31, the department announced late Friday.
We want to thank Chief Burns for his many years of service to the community, Chris Floore, spokesman for Mayor Robert Reichert, said.
There has been speculation that Burns might retire in part because the police department will merge with the Bibb County Sheriffs Office in January with Sheriff David Davis overseeing all law enforcement in the county.
Also, Burns has been on medical leave since mid-March. Details of his absence have never been disclosed.
Named chief eight years ago after Chief Rodney Monroe left to become police chief in Richmond, Va., Burns was the only person to climb the Macon departments ranks to the top post in the past three decades, officials said. He began working for the city in December 1974.
Deputy Chief Mike Carswell will be interim police chief until Dec. 31.
During this time of transition, the police department will continue protecting the safety of Macons residents and taking steps toward consolidation with the Bibb County Sheriffs Office, Floore said.
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