Friday, 31 January 2014 04:41
Friday is St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch's last day on the job. He's retiring after 34years in law enforcement in order to run his own security and law enforcement consulting firm.
Fitch was 18 years old when he started his police career in Cahokia, Illinois. Three-years later he went to work for the St. Louis County Police Department.
Chief Fitch tells Fox 2 News that when he began his career, he never had aspirations to be chief of police. "I wanted to Adam-12 guy," he said. "Where you're just out there in a patrol car and handling the calls and arresting the bad guys and taking care of the good people of the community."
In 2009, he was made chief of police, a job that sometimes put him in the thick of county politics. Chief Fitch says the positions he took on controversial issues wasn't about politics, but upholding the law. "To me it wasn't much of a decision on what should I do, what should I speak out about, what should I stay silent about. It really was just, what's going right and wrong."
Chief Fitch says he won't miss the politics of his job, but he will miss the people he worked with. "You can't work with people every day for as long as I have and not have some genuine affection for these people that we work with every day," ge said. "So that's the part I'll miss the most."
The St. Louis County Police Board will select his replacement during a closed-door session today.
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