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Cedar Lake Police Chief Jerry Smith

Cedar Lake Deputy Police Chief Jerry Smith, a DARE officer, presents Tristin Szpyrka on Friday with a prize for winning first place in an essay contest during a DARE graduation ceremony for MacArthur Elementary School students at Lemon Lake County Park in Cedar Lake. Smith announced this week he plans to retire in October. 

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. 

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Northlake County Reporter

Lauren covers North Lake County government, breaking news, crime and environmental issues for The Times. She previously worked at The Herald-News in Joliet. She holds a master’s degree in Public Affairs Reporting.