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PRATTVILLE, AL (WSFA) -

Prattville police chief Tim Huggins will end a 31-year career with the Prattville Police Department March 1. The chief didn't want to talk about why he was retiring but said he is looking forward to spending more time with his family. 

"I have a daughter who will graduate soon and this is a good time to spend with her before she goes off to college," said Chief Huggins. 

The chief's job in Prattville is an appointed position, one that serves at the pleasure of the mayor. Mayor Bill Gillespie says he's already found a replacement. Mark Thompson is the mayor's choice. Thompson is currently a commander with the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office. 

"He's been very active with the swat team in that area and the drug enforcement team in that area," said Mayor Gillespie. 

Tim Huggins says has no regrets and thanked the city for the opportunity to serve as chief. Huggins was appointed by Mayor Gillespie in April 2011. Huggins had the option of returning to the rank of captain. 

"I want to thank God.. my family and the hardworking men and women of this department," said Huggins. 

As for Mark Thompson his hiring still must receive city council approval. The mayor is confident that will happen. If so Thompson takes over a force of 76 sworn officers and a budget of a little more than $7 million. 

Mark Thompson declined to say anything publicly saying he wanted to wait until the city council approves his appointment Tuesday night. 

Mayor Gillespie says he will also recommend to the council that Kellie Cook take over as department head for Leisure Services. Cook would replace Drew Peterson who is slated to go back to being the city's athletic director.

 

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