CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) - A Chattanooga Mayor Ron Littlefield announced Assistant Chief Bobby Dodd is his choice for the new chief of police.

The Mayor made his announcement at news conference at City Hall around 1:30 p.m. this afternoon.

Chief Dodd is a 22-year employee with the Chattanooga Police Department, having served since 2007 as Assistant Chief under former Chief Freeman Cooper and most recently interim Chief Mark Rawlston.

Today marks the end of the 90 day period placed on Littlefield's decision.

The Chattanooga Police union voted Deputy Police Chief Bobby Dodd as their pick for the next chief.

"I was particularly impressed with the recommendations that I received in his behalf from people throughout the community – both inside and outside the world of law enforcement," says May Littlefield.

Deputy Chief Mark Rawlston has served as interim police chief since Cooper's March 31st retirement. Rawlston has announced he plans to retire effective July 15th.

Originally, Mayor Littlefield proposed that former Chief of Police Freeman Cooper remain as chief under a two-year contract while still being allowed to retire and collect his due benefits.

City Council will still have to approve Dodd's appointment. The next council meeting, is tonight at 6:00 p.m. and could vote to approve Dodd then.

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