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QPD Chief Copley to retire

QPD Chief Copley to retire

5 months, 1 week ago by Scott Hardy

Made the announcement Monday night, effective May 6, 2022

Quincy's Police Chief says he'll retire next spring, making the announcement just hours after getting a new contract. Scott Hardy has more.

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Quincy Police Chief Rob Copley made the announcement Monday night during the Quincy City Council meeting that he'll retire May 6th. Earlier in the day, the Fire and Police Commissioners voted to have Copley re-appointed for three years. After the meeting, Copley said that now was the right time to retire.

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Copley said that he wanted to get to 18 years as Chief, which he'll do in May. When Copley steps down, he will have been with the Quincy Police Department for 41 years. After the meeting, Fire and Police Commission head Barry Cheyne said that the search for Chief Copley's replacement will start soon. He added that the search will be similar to the one the Commission conducted for Fire Chief Bernie Vahlkamp earlier this year.

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Cheyne said that similar to the search for Vahlkamp, they will look at both internal and external candidates. Cheyne says he hopes to have a new Chief selected by May 1st.

The Council also approved an $840,000 contract for Veregy of Chesterfield, Missouri to build a solar array at Quincy Regional Airport. Airport Director Sandra Shore told the Council that the money they approved for the contract would be paid off in energy savings after 16 years. She estimated that the city would see $37,000 in energy cost savings in the first year. The Council also approved a six-year contract with Balance Solar of Lincolnshire, Illinois to own and manage the array. Balance Solar will pay 15 per cent of the project's costs, then donate the system to the city at the end of the contract.

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