TUSCALOOSA POLICE CHIEF ANNOUNCES HIS RETIREMENT

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Tuscaloosa Police Chief Steve Anderson is moving on from his spot at TPD, but his career is far from over.

While Anderson announced he’s retiring from the Tuscaloosa Police Department Aug. 30, he’ll be taking over as director of system security for the University of Alabama System.

Anderson has been police chief in Tuscaloosa for the past 11 years.

Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox said today they’ll soon be starting a search for a new police chief, and in the interim Assistant Police Chief Mitt Tubbs will serve as acting police chief, pending approval by the Tuscaloosa City Council.

“Chief Anderson has meant so much to so many, and he will be missed,” Maddox said. “In my experience there is a special bond between mayors and police chiefs, and it runs deeper than those 2:30 a.m. phone calls.”

Anderson said the 25 years he’s spent at TPD were an honor and a privilege, but he’s not the type to retire and sit at home.

“I was presented with a unique opportunity,” he said. “An opportunity I am extremely grateful for, to leave the Tuscaloosa Police Department but stay in the community that I love and take an opportunity to advance my career further with the University of Alabama System office.”

Watch the full conference for Anderson’s announcement below.

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