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Mayor says Dodd's retirement comes as no surprise

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Chattanooga Police Chief Bobby Dodd started his career here as a uniformed patrolman in 1986.

He moved up over the years 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.

But after 3 more years, Monday, he announced his retirement.

Sources tell Channel 3 many in the department were taken by surprise to the announcement of the retirement of Chattanooga Police Chief, Bobby Dodd. But Mayor Andy Berke says he knew all along.

He tells Channel 3 he doesn't believe the pension reform has anything to do with it either.

"Before I ever got started with a panel on pension reform, Chief Dodd and I discussed the fact that his entire command staff was of retirement age. As he looked to the future, he had this great opportunity in the private sector, and I wish him the best of luck as he does what is right for him and his family," Said Mayor Berke.

You may remember after Mayor Berke was elected, no one knew if Dodd would keep his post as chief.

Dodd re-applied for his job and Berke gave him the vote of confidence.

"I really enjoyed working with Chief Dodd, he's put his heart and soul into the city of Chattanooga," said Mayor Berke.
     
Mayor Berke says from the time he proposed an initiative to help end violence,  Dodd was on board and worked hard to keep his community safe.

"As I look back on the time I've worked with him, I know we've made real progress in public safety, you can see it in the numbers," said Berke.
     
Now the city is working hard to find a replacement.

"We need to find the best leader, that means keeping our options open and find out who is really going to excel at this job," said Mayor Berke. "We're going to look for the best person, no matter where they may be."

He says right now they have no particular candidate in mind.  But does say, "As we move forward with all the different things to reduce violence in our city, we need somebody who can embrace what we're doing and in fact elevate us to help us keep Chattanooga safer," said Mayor Berke.

Mayor Berke tells Channel 3, while they're sad to see Chief Dodd go, they're excited about the possibilities ahead.

"I really enjoyed the time with Chief Dodd. We have been focused on making our streets safer. I wish him the best of luck. This is really an opportunity for us to find the next leader who can embrace what we're doing and make it even better," said Mayor Berke.

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