North Charleston’s Police Chief Jon Zumalt says he will retire early next year and will move to Kansas.
In a press conference Monday, Zumalt said his retirement will be effective on January 31st. Meanwhile, Mayor Keith Summey said no decision has been made on an interim chief or replacement.
“I will be trying to find someone that can step in and make the transition as smooth as possible,” Summey told reporters.
Zumalt says he is looking forward to a new chapter in his life, “I’m excited about retiring. I haven’t had a day off in 11 years. I’m tired! But I’ve cared about this city, and I still care about this city.”
Zumalt said he was most proud of the fact that no officer has been killed in the line of duty under his watch.
He added he was also proud of North Charleston’s declining crime rate which, until recently, was considered to be one of the highest in the country for a city its size.
“We’ve cut it half. He asked me to professionalize the agency. We are clearly accredited and we’re a squared away outfit,” says Zumalt.
Zumalt said he wanted to move to Kansas so he could take care of his mother who has cancer.