Monticello police chief retires

Monticello police chief retires

MONTICELLO — The city is looking for a new police chief after the resignation of Michael Galloway, who will retire Sept. 13 due to health issues. He was hired in July of last year to replace 17-year veteran Chief John Miller.

"I'm just going to retire again," said Galloway, who came out of a three-year retirement to accept the post in Monticello. He added the health concerns were "not major, but in order to keep the stress level down, it's a good time to retire."

He will move back to rural Macomb, where he was on the police department for 27 years, the last six as chief.

Mayor Chris Corrie said he was sorry to lose Galloway, adding he was "extremely pleased" with the police chief's performance in Monticello.

"Except for time lost due to the health concerns, he's done just what we wanted him to do," said Corrie, pointing to programs such as the citizen callback program.

Despite the stress of the job, Galloway said he has enjoyed his year in Monticello. "There have been a lot of challenges, but it's a great community, a nice town."

Corrie said the city council would discuss its options during a closed session at Monday's meeting, which could include the hiring an interim chief while searching for a permanent one.

The police chief in Monticello is appointed by the mayor with the consent of the full city council.

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Bugger wrote on August 23, 2013 at 4:08 pm

How can the chief's job in a little town be so stressful? Maybe there is more to the story than is being reported.