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Posted: Thursday, 24 July 2014 9:40AM

Howie Retiring As Hopkinsville Police Chief

The search for a new Police Chief for the city of Hopkinsville will soon get underway. Mayor Dan Kemp's office announced Thursday morning that Police Chief Guy Howie will be retiring from the position, effective September 1st. Kemp says Chief Howie will be greatly missed.

Kemp praised Howie's leadership, and added that the Chief was leaving the Hopkinsville Police Department in a great position to continue providing the best public safety possible for the future. Chief Howie says he hates to leave Hopkinsville and the HPD but is excited about a position he will be taking in his home town of Ocala, Florida.

Howie has accepted a position with the Ocala Police Department to serve as that department's support services director. Howie previously worked in Ocala as the former Bureau Commander for Community Policing and for Criminal Intelligence. Howie has been serving as Hopkinsville Police Chief since May 1, 2008.

Mayor Kemp says he will recommend that the City Council approve the appointment of Clayton Sumner as interim Police Chief during the August 5th City Council meeting. He says Sumner will serve as the interim Chief until after the new year when a new Mayor has taken office.

Kemp says Chief Howie will be honored with a retirement reception, from 5:00pm until 6:00pm, on August 5th, prior to the Hopkinsville City Council meeting.

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