ROUND ROCK, Texas (KXAN) - Police Chief Tim Ryle, a 31-year veteran of local law enforcement, will retire in early 2014.
“It has been an honor to serve the citizens of Round Rock for so many years,” Ryle said. “The Round Rock Police Department is one of the finest law enforcement agencies in the country and it has been a privilege to be a part of this exemplary group of men and women for so many years."
City Manager Steve Norwood said the City will conduct a nationwide search to hire Ryle’s replacement.
“I’ve got to do something,” Ryle said, but explained that he does not have firm plans for what he’s doing after he retires. “I still want to contribute to law enforcement,” he adding, saying consulting or teaching could be in his future.
Ryle, 54, began his career in Round Rock in 1983. He rose through the ranks, serving as patrol sergeant, lieutenant over Narcotics and SWAT, and captain before being named assistant chief in 2007. He was promoted to Police Chief in October 2011.
He began his career with the Luling Police Department.
Ryle said he’s too young to stop working and is open to the possibility of leaving Central Texas, but for now, he's going to “take a break” and spend more time with family.
“I have two grandsons,” he explained, “and they need spoiling.”
Ryle plans to retire from the Round Rock Police Department in late February 2014.
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