Cedar Springs police chief retiring in Aug.

Cedar Springs Police Chief Roger Parent. (Undated photo courtesy Cedar Springs Police Department)
Cedar Springs Police Chief Roger Parent. (Undated photo courtesy Cedar Springs Police Department)

CEDAR SPRINGS, Mich. (WOOD) — Cedar Springs Police Chief Roger Parent will retire in August after six years with the department and nearly 40 in law enforcement.

Parent announced his retirement to the Cedar Springs City Council last week, according to a Thursday release. He said his last day with Cedar Springs will be Aug. 29.

“I wanted to give the City Manager a full six months notice in order for him to conduct a proper search for my replacement,” Parent said in a statement.

Parent served with the Kent County Sheriff’s Department for 34 years before becoming the Cedar Springs police chief in April 2008. He said his retirement date is only days short of his 40-year anniversary of serving in law enforcement.

“The decision to retire was planned long ago and I will certainly miss serving as Police Chief for the City of Cedar Springs,” Parent said in part in the statement. “I feel I’ve made improvements within the police department and hope that the next Chief will do the same. What I’ve really enjoyed is being able to work with dedicated patrol officers who understand how important it is to provide service to the community along with police protection.”

He said he plans to spend his retirement enjoying each day and spending more time with his twin grandsons.

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