Wednesday, August 02, 2000

Dayton's top cop retires suddenly

The Associated Press

        DAYTON, Ohio — Police Chief Ronald Lowe retired Tuesday, less than a week after the police department was reorganized and a new supervisory position over Chief Lowe created.

        Chief Lowe gave no reason for his sudden retirement. He called the decision difficult, but said his family supports it. A 25-year veteran in law enforcement, he was hired as chief in 1995.

        Last week, the City Commission gave the city manager the authority to appoint a public safety director to oversee operations at the police and fire departments.

        The appointee, retired Dayton police Maj. John Thomas, will serve as acting police chief while a national search is conducted.


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