Grand Junction Police Chief Bill Gardner has announced he's stepping down.
The Chief was joined by City Manager Laurie Kadrich as he made the announcement at 10 a.m. Wednesday. His resignation is effective September 4. He will be working full-time through that time. After that, he says, he'll receive severance pay until December 4. Kadrich says Gardner will be available for consultation or to work on special projects as needed.
Gardner says his decision to leave is the result of feeling it was the right time for the department, the city and the community.
Gardner joined the Department December 1, 2005 as interim and was made the permanent chief May 8, 2006.
The chief expressed his thanks to the City Council, the city leadership and men and women of the GJPD. "I want to express my enormous gratitude to the present and past city leaders who gave me the profound opportunity to serve as the Grand Junction Police Chief. I would also like to convey to the men and women of this police department that you have my enduring respect."
Kadrich says Gardner's decision was unexpected and she's sad to see him go. "Bill is an extremely important part of the City leadership team, as well as a charismatic leader for the Police organization and community. His servant leadership style inspires those who work for him to excel, and from that, this community has benefited greatly. bill has given much already and I believe it is most important to honor his personal decision. Although it pains me greatly to see him go and I know it will be difficult to replace him, personal choice is what is most important here."
11 News will have more on the news conference tonight at 5:30 p.m.