Denver Police Chief Robert White To Retire

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<p>Denver Police Department Chief Robert White.</p>
Photo: Denver Police Department Chief Robert White (AP Photo)
Denver Police Department Chief Robert White.

Denver Police Chief Robert White will retire after six years of leading the state's largest police department.

The news comes just two weeks after Denver Mayor Michael Hancock decided not to discipline White for two separate incidents that sparked an internal investigations having to do with open records requests and the chief's role in a car crash.

“On behalf of everyone in Denver, I want to thank Chief White for his dedication to our city and his distinguished service over these past six years,” Hancock said in a statement.

White will stay on as head of the police force until a replacement takes over.

"I am retiring with a profound sense of pride for the advancements we’ve made as a Department over the past several years and am optimistic that the Department will continue to evolve with the changing needs of this community," White said in a Facebook post.

Hancock will choose the next chief from a pool of current and former department employees, a press release from the mayor's office said. Hancock will form a search committee, and the city will gather feedback from the community, to help the mayor make his decision.