After 30 years with the Kings Mountain Police Department, that community’s police chief is stepping down.
Chief Melvin Proctor will retire June 30, says the Shelby Star.
“You just know when it is time to go home,” Proctor was quoted as saying by the Star. “I’m going fishing.”
Procter, 53, joined the department on Feb. 23, 1987, as a patrolman and was promoted through the ranks to finally serve as the longest tenure for a chief of police at the department, it was reported. He became chief in 2002.
The search for a replacement is underway. If the process takes longer than June 30, Assistant Chief Jerry Tessneer will serve as interim chief until the position is filled, the Star reported.