Wichita Falls Police Chief is retiring. Chief Dennis Bachman announced his retirement Tuesday, May 22.
Bachman has been with the WFPD for more than 30 years. He joined the police force on March 1, 1982 and was promoted to Chief, September 21, 2004.
His last day as Chief of Police is May 31. Deputy Chief Manuel Borrego will step in as Interim Chief while the city seeks a replacement for Bachman.
"It's been a very good experience. The city is a great place to work for," said Bachman. "I thought I would go another year and a half or two years, but had some personal reasons."
With the sudden retirement announcement, Bachman said some police department employees were surprised.
"I have sort of held it close that I was going actually nobody knew it at first," he said.
He said his reasons for leaving are personal, but he did say he was looking forward to having more free time to work on projects at home.
"I wish I could have given the manager more time and I always expected to give him more notice to get him prepared, but things just happened and it didn't work out that way."
He said he has no doubt the city will find a good fit once he is gone.
"The citizens are lucky to have the staff here at P. D. that they do and the employees and they wont miss me at all."
Bachman said his experience serving the city has been a good one.
"I've always enjoyed going out there and catching people that are stealing from the good citizens and trying to return their property to them. That I will miss."
Wichita Falls City Manager Darron Leiker will open up the position and accept application for the next chief. He will bring in the final candidate and city council will have to approve.