DUNBAR, W.Va. -- Dunbar Police Chief Earl Whittington announced his retirement after 29 years of service to the city during the council meeting Monday evening.
"I started my career here and I'm honored to end it here," Whittington said.
Whittington is not leaving law enforcement entirely -- he has accepted a position with the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office.
"I'm closing one door and opening another in my career. I'm going to challenge myself in a different way, but my heart is and will always be with this city," he said. "It's been a pleasure to serve as your chief."
Jesse Bailes, a 27-year veteran of the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office, was sworn in as the new police chief. Bailes began his law enforcement career with the city 30 years ago. His sons, Travis and Justin, currently serve on the force.
"Thanks for your trust and confidence in this position," Bailes said. "Coming back to where it all started is most special to me. I look forward to building on what Chief Whittington has built and working with the mayor and council."
In other business:
* Council approved the allocation of an $8,550 West Virginia Division of Culture and History grant for the annual Critter Dinner (which served over 1000 people last year) to be held Feb. 15. The city will contribute $450 to the event.