CHILLICOTHE, Mo. — Chillicothe Police Chief Richard L. Knouse has announced his retirement from the police force.

Courtesy of the Chillicothe Police Department

The City of of Chillicothe councilmen accepted his resignation in an executive session yesterday.

Knouse has been police chief of Chillicothe for the past 17 years and, for the past 45 years, has “worn a uniform of one kind or another” since he was 18-years-old.

Knouse stated that he has come to a time where he needs to enjoy life and be with his family.

Knouse’s last day will be September 19, 2017.