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St. Pete police chief to retire

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St. Petersburg's police chief says he will retire early next year.

Charles "Chuck" Harmon says, after three decades of service with SPPD, he is looking forward to spending more time with his wife and children.

Harmon, 53, has been with the department since November of 1982. He has served as chief since 2001.

Chief Harmon held the force together during the darkest days in the police department's history.

He was police chief when officers Tom Baitinger and Jeffrey Yaslowitz were killed, in January 2011. 

Less than a month later, officer David Crawford was gunned down.

Mayor Bill Foster says he wants to do a national search for Harmon's replacement, but Harmon says hopes it'll be someone from the department.

"I think St. Petersburg is a unique community, I think if you come internally you understand some of the dynamics of the community, and city government and how that works, and that history and that tradition," Harmon said.

The department says Harmon plans to retire on January 6, 2014.


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