Johnson City police chief Mark Sirois announces retirement

JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) - Johnson City Police chief Mark Sirois and administrators with the city held a news conference this morning. Chief Sirois revealed he is retiring.

His last day on the job will be February 16. He has served as police chief since 2012 and has been with the Johnson City Police Department for 26 years -- having joined in December 1991 and since then he has served in numerous positions and departments: officer, Criminal Investigative Divison, Administrative Division, Planning and Research Unit, Lieutenant, Captain, Operations Manager and Interim Chief.

Sirois said:

The decision was made after many months of careful contemplation, discussion with my wife and prayer. A great consideration during that process was, 'Am I leaving this department at a higher level of professionalism and achievement?' And the conclusion I came to was, 'Yes'. I'm fortunate to have come into this office well positioned for success, thanks to my predecessors and their commitment to quality and excellence. The real success of this department, though, must be attributed to the men and women who selflessly serve and keep safe our community each and every day. They are the true heroes."

Sirois took over the department after the retirement of Chief John Lowry. The means the city will need to hire a new chief.

"We will mirror the process we recently used during the search for a fire chief," HR director Steve Willis said. "We'll keep the job posted initially for 30 to 45 days then take a look at the applicant pool and determine next steps."

We'll post more details as soon as it becomes available.

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