(KMOV) – St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch has announced his retirement.
The announcement was made on Fitch’s blog “Chief Chat” Friday morning.
“After having the privilege of serving the citizens of St. Louis County for more than 30 years, I have notified the Board of Police Commissioners of my intent to retire in February 2014,” wrote Fitch, who has been chief since 2009.
Upon his retirement from the position, Fitch said he will start his own public safety consulting group.
“My family and I are looking forward to the next part of our lives in the world of private business,” he said.
Fitch said he would speak with reporters some time Friday afternoon.
The announcement comes just days after County Executive Charlie A. Dooley erupted in anger against the elected county council for rejecting one of his nominees to the Board of Police Commissioners, which oversees the department.
But Fitch says his decision to leave was not influenced by the police board’s recent difficulties. Three of the five commissioners have resigned in recent months, including former board chairman Gregory Sansone.
Fitch sought an FBI investigation of a $3.7 million heating and cooling subcontract for the new police crime lab awarded to a Sansone company.
The Associated Press contributed to this report