Manawa Police Chief David Walker announced he will officially retire in September 2015.
His last day on the job will be Sept. 19.
Currently, Walker serves as joint police chief for the cities of Manawa and Marion.
Walker has served as chief of the Manawa Police Department since Jan. 1, 2009.
During 2013, the city of Marion asked Walker to take on the added responsibility after its newly hired chief resigned.
“This has been a great way to end my career to serve two cities alongside of excellent officers, other civilian staff and volunteers,” he said.
“Both Manawa and Marion are indeed fortunate to have such outstanding and dedicated people who every day, routinely strive to do their best,” said Walker. “I can certainly testify to the countless times I’ve observed this dedication to duty by not only the full-time officer staff, but so too of the many part-time officers, plus city staff, fire fighters, ambulance staff, volunteers and the many fine citizens of both cities who sacrifice their time to make our communities better places to live. It has indeed been a pleasure to work with everyone.”
Walker will take remaining vacation and compensation hours consecutively between Aug. 17 and Sept. 18.
Officer Lisa Benitez has been appointed as Officer in Charge in Manawa. Officer Kevin Schultz will be the OIC in Marion.
“I am highly appreciative of the faith and confidence you and the communities at-large placed in me over the time of my service in Manawa and Marion,” said Walker. Since my start as a public servant in 1971, I have met and worked with many people from all walks of life, but the folks in Wisconsin will always hold a special place. I will miss you all.”