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Hastings Police Chief announces his retirement
A change coming at the top for the Hastings Police Department. Chief Larry Thoren announced his retirement at Monday nights city council meeting.
The announcement was made at the beginning of the meeting by Mayor Vern Powers.
After 43 years of service in law enforcement, Thoren is stepping down and moving to Illinois to be closer to his family.
Thoren's last day as chief will be August 3rd.
He became chief May 1st, 1998.
And while Thoren and Powers have been discussing the possibility of retirement for about a year it's still going to be a huge change for both of them, as well as the city.
"There's a gamut of emotions. There's quite a bit of satisfaction from my career. There's the excitement of being able to spend more time with family. And being able to enjoy life to its fullest," said Chief Larry Thoren, Hastings Police.
"He's been a fixture in our town for 13, 14 years. He's led a leadership quality to the police department. He's really professionalized it, a lot of training. He's made our police force its there when you need it but its not overbearing when you don't need it. So that's going to be hard to keep that tradition going on," said Mayor Vern Powers, City of Hastings
A national search will begin to find Thoren's replacement.
However a promotion from within the department has not been ruled out.
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