Police chief retires after 28 years with Decatur Police Department

DECATUR - On Friday, the former police chief at the Decatur Police Department turned over his badge during a brief ceremony on Friday, signaling the end of a career that spanned more than 28 years.

Former police chief Todd Walker joined the Decatur Police Department as an intern in 1985.  Soon after, he was hired on as a patrol officer.  Walker became a sergeant at 27, and a lieutenant a few years later.  He announced his retirement last month, and a retirement party was held for him last week.

Walker is credited with re-establishing foot patrols, upgrading technology used by the department, and helping with the department's move into a new headquarters.

Jim Chervinko, who served as deputy chief of the patrol division, was named the interim chief.

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