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Decatur Deputy Police Chief is retiring

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Decatur Deputy Police Chief is retiring

Deputy Police Chief Keith Lee, right. File photo
Deputy Police Chief Keith Lee, right. File photo

Deputy Police Chief Keith Lee, right. File photo

Decatur Deputy Police Chief Keith Lee is retiring after 27 years with the city.

His last day with the city is Friday, July 29.

“It has been an honor and privilege to be a part of this community,” Lee said in a letter announcing his retirement. “I have been witness to great things in my time here, and I am extremely proud of the city of Decatur and the Decatur Police Department. The spirit of volunteerism and community involvement that exists in the city of Decatur is exemplary.”

He said he decided to retire “after much personal reflection.”

“After 32 years in law enforcement, I decided it was time to devote more time to my family and seek a little less stress in my daily life,” he wrote. “I will be forever grateful to the city of Decatur for the opportunities it has provided. When I began my career here, my oldest child was 9 months old and my youngest child was born two years later. Now, my children are successful young adults, who unfortunately live ‘too’ far away to suit me.”

Lee said he won’t be a stranger to the city of Decatur, however.

“I have every intention of retaining my attachment to the city,” he wrote. “However, the next festival you see me at, I won’t be wearing a uniform but a comfortable pair of shorts and sandals.”

He added, “P.S. I promise no black socks with the sandals.”

Lee’s retirement is the second high profile departure in local law enforcement in recent months.

Avondale Estates Police Chief Gary Broden retired in June.

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