The city of Marion will soon be in need of a new chief of police. According to a press release, current chief Joesph McHale has submitted his resignation to the Marion City Manager and the City Council effective June 3rd. He and his family are relocating to Florida where he plans on taking a job in the private sector.

McHale joined the City of Marion back in December of 2016. Under his direction, the Marion Police Department implemented a new beat deployment structure, established the Marion Public Safety 911 Communication Center, and developed the agency's first five-year strategic plan. Prior to his time in Marion, McHale spent 25 years with the Kansas City, Missouri police department.

McHale said in a press release, "I am so grateful to have had this opportunity. My utmost appreciation to the staff, City leaders and community for entrusting me as your police chief."

The Marion Civil Service Commission and the City Manager will meet to determine the next step in finding a replacement.