Friday, December 13, 2013

Announcing My Retirement

After having the privilege of serving the citizens of St. Louis County for more than 30 years, I have notified the Board of Police Commissioners of my intent to retire in February 2014. 
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. However, I’ve been given an incredible opportunity to start my own public safety consulting group.  My family and I are looking forward to the next part of our lives in the world of private business.
I truly believe that the men and women serving at the St. Louis County Police Department are the best in the nation.  Due to their hard work, crime in the past five years is at historical lows.  It has been an honor to work side-by-side with these professionals since 1983 and to have served as their Chief since 2009.  We have worked hard to internally develop many well-qualified commanders that can easily take the helm of this proud agency. 
Finally, I want to personally thank the Board of Police Commissioners, County Executive, County Council and the people of St. Louis County for allowing me to serve for so many years.      
Colonel Tim Fitch, Chief of Police