Fargo Police Chief retiring after fewer than 6 years on job

May 15, 2020 GMT

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The head of North Dakota’s largest police department said Friday he’s stepping down after fewer than six years on the job.

Fargo Police Chief David Todd is retiring after more than 32 years with the force. He took over as chief in 2014, first in an interim role after the city signed a separation agreement with Keith Ternes.

Todd said in a statement that it’s time for the “next generation of leadership” to lead the department.

“We have reached a point as a department where we have accomplished, or are near to accomplishing, the goals I had set out in front of us when I became chief,” he said. “These are goals we have reached together as a team.”

Todd was credited with reforming department policies and founding the Fargo Police Academy.

Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney said Todd helped turned the department into “a national leader in community-centric policing.” A search for his replacement will begin immediately, Mahoney said.