After serving the city of Chattanooga since 1986, current Chattanooga Police Chief Bobby Dodd has announced his plans to retire.

Dodd submitted his letter of retirement Monday to Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke, the mayor's office said in a new release.

Our newspartners at the Times Free Press report that along with Dodd, nearly all of his command staff announced to the administration that they would retire at the end of the year, two sources confirmed.

Monday also marked Dodd's 27th wedding anniversary to his wife, Karen.

Dodd's career in the city's law enforcement began with his first job as uniformed patrolman in 1986, and he moved upward through the ranks in different roles as SWAT Sergeant, Internal Affairs Sergeant, Zone Commander, Special Operations Commander and Assistant Chief of Police.

In 2010, Dodd replaced then-chief Freeman Cooper.

Earlier this year, Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke unveiled his plan for public safety for the city. As part of that, he said he asked Dodd to stay as Chattanooga Police Chief.

Berke gave Dodd a vote of confidence, saying  "I have no doubt Chief Dodd is the right leader to help us as we start this implementation," referring to the Mayor's comprehensive safety plan for the city.

Sources tell Channel 3 a three-person search committee will be appointed soon to find a replacement for Dodd.

Mayor Berke has appointed Donna Roddy, Roger Dickson, and District Attorney Bill Cox to his "Blue Ribbon Panel" to find Chattanooga's new police chief.

  • Roger Dickson - former federal magistrate and currently a partner at Miller Martin who handles both civil and criminal cases.
  • District Attorney Bill Cox - served as District Attorney for 33 years and, as a former officer in the Chattanooga Police Department, has considerable experience in law enforcement.
  • Donna Roddy - currently On Site Health Educator and chair of their Cultural Competency Committee for BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee; previously served as the Chapter President of Chattanooga Area Urban League and a member of National Coalition of 100 Black Women.

Dodd will remain in his position until December 31; Deputy Chief Stan Maffet will act as interim Chief during the search.