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The former head of the Decatur Police Department has turned over his badge after more than 28 years with the department.

A retirement party was held for former police chief Todd Walker last week. According to reports, Walker turned over his badge during a brief Friday ceremony.

Walker joined the department in 1985 as an intern and was hired as a patrol officer shortly after. He became sergeant at 27 and lieutenant a few years later. He announced his retirement last month.

He's credited with helping the department move into new headquarters, upgrading technology and re-establishing foot patrols. Fellow officers said he led by example.

Walker says retirement has brought him peace.

Jim Chervinko, who has been serving as deputy chief of the patrol division, was named as the interim chief.

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