(Update, 3/05: City officials calculate Hayes will be eligible for a $127,000 annual pension once he retires)
Mayor Jim Suttle says he’ll select a new police chief between now and March 30, after (soon to be former) Police Chief Alex Hayes confirmed he’ll leave the department at the end of the month.
“Chief Hayes has been an asset to this community and he will be greatly missed,” Suttle said. “He has set a standard for public safety that we will continue to model in his absence. We will work with the Chief and his leadership team to maintain continuity during this transition so residents can be sure that our streets and neighborhoods remain safe.”
Hayes, meanwhile, didn’t elaborate much on why he’s leaving.
“My decision to retire at this time was personal and was not an easy decision to make,” Hayes said. “I will be working with my staff, community leaders, and the Mayor’s office to make sure there is a smooth transition for the community at large. It has been a privilege to work for the citizens of Omaha.”
The chief’s exit will put Omaha in a familiar place. We’ll see what happens next.