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Longtime South Portland police chief to retire

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a man wearing a suit and tie: Ed Googins South Portland police © WMTW Ed Googins South Portland police

South Portland Police Chief Ed Googins will retire in January. The chief made the announcement Wednesday on the department's Facebook page.

"To say the decision to retire has been difficult, is a profound understatement," Googins said. "When you do the job you love for over 47 years, deciding when to leave is not easy."

Googins became the chief of police in South Portland in September 1994. Before that, he had served with the Portland Police Department.

"I could speak of the long list of our accomplishments or share some of our most trying situations but the fact is, neither are what is important today," Googins wrote. "What is important is that I take this opportunity to thank all of you for the hard work each of you do every day to provide essential police services to this community and to keep this community safe. It is important, to me, that I thank you for the support you have given me in making our agency the most progressive and respected agency in the state."

Googins echoed his thankfulness for the support from the community and department.

"I still have a few months left and we still have work to do," he added.

His exact date of retirement was not announced, other than January 2020.

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