Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn announced his retirement Monday, capping a turbulent period during his tenure as the city’s top cop.
"It's time to say thank you, it's time to say goodbye," Flynn said at a 4 p.m. news conference.
The retirement is to be effective Feb. 16.
The embattled chief is in the middle of his third term, which was scheduled to expire Jan. 7, 2020.
Flynn, 69, made his announcement one day after the 10th anniversary of his appointment as Milwaukee's police chief and several days before he was scheduled to go before the city's Fire and Police Commission for a performance evaluation.
After Flynn's announcement, the commission said it will discuss how to move forward in its closed sessionThursday. The commission will select an acting chief "from within the department," it said in a news release.
James Harpole is the current assistant chief of the department.
Flynn was first appointed in 2008 and became the first chief to have his contract renewed since Harold Breier, who left in 1984 after 20 years as chief. Before that, chiefs were appointed for life. Flynn’s most recent appointment letter said his annual salary was about $147,000.
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I came of age in the Harold Brier era. Now those were some cops. I always kept my mouth shut around them. That turned out to be a wise policy..