CEDAR LAKE — The town's chief of police is retiring later this year.
Cedar Lake Police Chief Gerald "Jerry" Smith announced his intentions to retire Oct. 2 at Tuesday's town council meeting, according to a news release from the Town of Cedar Lake.
Smith served more than 22 years on the force, the release stated.
The release noted Smith was the school system's DARE officer for 15 years, having been recognized as Indiana DARE Officer of the Year in 2006 and Indiana DARE Executive Officer of the Year in 2015.
"It is going to be hard to leave, but I am looking forward to future opportunities and challenges that await," Smith said in the release.
The Cedar Lake Town Council authorized the start of a public search for the next police chief at its Tuesday meeting, the release stated. The plan is to fill the position before Smith's retirement date.