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Battle Creek's Police Chief decides to retire

Battle Creek Police Chief Jackie Hampton
Battle Creek Police Chief Jackie Hampton

BATTLE CREEK  (WKZO) -- Just a day after announcing they have a new Fire Chief, the City of Battle Creek will have to begin searching for a new Police Chief.

Jackie Hampton, who moved up through the ranks to become Assistant Chief, and then assumeD the top job three years ago, has announced he will be leaving at the end of the month.

He says he planned to retire earlier but wanted to see the department through some of the rough times and allegations it has faced after a series of incidents involving officers.

Chief Hampton says he won’t be kicking back and taking it easy. He plans to take over his father’s private security firm in Kalamazoo, giving his parents a chance to retire.