AUDUBON — The Audubon City Council will be looking for a new police chief, after Matt Starmer, current chief, announced that he will be retiring from law enforcement later this year.
Starmer posted an announcement on his Dare Officer Matt Starmer Facebook page.
“I’m officially making it public that I have decided to retire from law enforcement. Its been a 24 year career that has brought much happiness, sadness, tragedy, and pure heartache,” Starmer said, adding, “I have had great pleasure serving the City of Audubon as an officer and as Chief of Police.”
He said he planned to retire “in the upcoming months,” but would stay on to assist the new chief of police after the council finds one.
Mayor Barb Jacobsen said Starmer had contacted her, the council and others in the city Wednesday.
“(Starmer) and I talked yesterday,” Jacobsen said, “and we will be getting together to establish a transitional plan for a new chief, and then we can look at hiring.”
Jacobsen said the council would have a special meeting on Feb. 22 and expected that the item would be added to the agenda, so that the council could start begin planning the search process.
The mayor said Starmer was a good officer who had spent more than 20 years in law enforcement.
“He said, ‘It’s just time for me (to retire),” Jacobsen said.
“He’s willing to stay for a few months, I think that’s good, so we can come up with a plan.”
The special meeting is planned for Monday, Feb. 22 at 5:30 p.m.