Chief Dean Announces He's Retiring

Chief Dean Announces He's Retiring

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MOBILE, Alabama -

Chief Stephen Dean says goodbye Wednesday to the people he's worked with for 39 years.

"All good things they come to an end. I was born and raised in this city, I love this city," said Dean.

It was just two months ago when Dean told News 5 he had no plans of retiring once Sandy Stimpson takes office.

"I still have a lot to offer. I've been here for 39 years and I plan on being here," he said in August.

But, today those plans have changed.

"It was my decision to retire now it didn't have anything to do with anything other than being my decision," he says.

Public Information Officer Steve Huffman fought back tears talking about someone he's not only called a boss, but a friend.

"Dean and I go way back. We were neighbors, he was my first captain," said Huffman.

"It's been a whole lot of work, but it's been a lot of work by a lot of good people. If you'll take a look at the people that surround me on my upper-level staff, I'll put them up against anybody in the country," said Chief Dean.

Dean's last day on the job will be Thursday, November 1st.

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