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Bristol, Virginia police chief talks about retirement decision

Published On: Sep 06 2013 06:10:24 PM CDT
Updated On: Sep 06 2013 06:30:00 PM CDT

Bristol, Virginia Police Chief W. H. Price is retiring after serving the city for more than 20 years.

BRISTOL, Va. -

Bristol, Virginia Police Chief W. H. Price is retiring after serving the city for more than 20 years.

Price says the highlight of his time here was the accreditation of the police force. He says that, along with more officer training, helped create a professional police department. Price says one of the biggest challenges he has faced has been battling the drug problem in Bristol.

He's been in law enforcement for 51 years. Price began his career as a United States Marine.  He then worked for the Virginia State Police, as the Russell County Sheriff, and as the Director of the Southwest Virginia Law Enforcement Academy. He came to Bristol in 1992.

Chief Price submitted his retirement paperwork to city officials in June.  That's about 2 months before his son was indicted on drug charges in August.

Price will remain chief until January first. He told us he hopes the next chief will be appointed from within the department.