SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Suffolk Police Chief Al Chandler has announced that he will be retiring on Oct. 2. WAVY’s Andy Fox learned the announcement went out in an email on Wednesday.

Chandler has been chief since Jan. 7, 2022. He served as interim chief for a year and a half before he was appointed chief.

“Leading the Suffolk Police Department these last three years was an honor and a privilege,” stated Chandler. “Serving the Suffolk community was the highlight of my 24 year career and I am so grateful for the opportunity to do so.”

Chandler joined the department in 1999 and has served in a number of capacities including field training officer, SWAT team operator, lieutenant, captain and deputy police chief. Chandler has worked with the detective bureau, special investigations, CSI and Crime Analysis Units.

Major James Danny Buie will serve as Interim Chief of Police once Chandler retires.

Check for the latest updates.