Police Chief Retiring

Police Chief Matt Starmer.

AUDUBON - The Audubon City Council will look at approving an order to advertise for a new chief of police and new police officer during a special meeting on Monday, Feb. 22 at 5:30 p.m.

Police Chief Matt Starmer announced that he will be retiring in a Facebook post after notifying his department and city officials earlier this week.

“I’m officially making it public that I have decided to retire from law enforcement," he said. "It's been a 24 year career that has brought much happiness, sadness, tragedy, and pure heartache. I have had great pleasure serving the City of Audubon as an officer and as Chief of Police.”

He will stay on to help a new police chief get started, and Audubon Mayor Barb Jacobsen said the city will begin to look at establishing a transitional plan for a new chief.

City Clerk Joe Foran said the city would also need another police officer as one has also announced plans to leave the department.

In other business, a public hearing on 2020 Water Treatment Plant and Supply improvements is planned at the beginning of the special meeting, with the city considering a resolution to adopt plans and specifications, form of contract and estimate of costs for the work.

The meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 22 at the Memorial Building.

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