Assistant Chief of Police David Kelly will serve as acting Police Chief in West Chester following the resignation of Erik Niehaus.
Niehaus announced he will resign in May to pursue a career as an attorney.
In a letter to West Chester Township Trustees dated April 4, Niehaus says he will be a partner with the law firm Haughey & Deters, LLC. The firm offers criminal defense, personal injury, family law and civil litigation representation with offices in Oxford, Mason and downtown Cincinnati.
Niehaus was hired as a police officer in West Chester in November 1994, promoted to lieutenant in May 2005 and named chief of police in December 2008.
Chief Niehaus wrote in a letter to trustees:
"This decision was difficult to make because I have thoroughly enjoyed my nearly five and a half years as your police chief and my total of nineteen and a half years as an employee of the West Chester Police Department."
"Assistant Chief Kelly has been an exceptional leader gaining the respect of uniformed and civilian personnel in the police department and inspiring trust among the citizens of the community," said Township Administrator Judi Boyko.
Kelly was first hired as a West Chester police officer in July 1988. He was promoted to sergeant in 1993, lieutenant in 1997 and captain in 2001. He was promoted to assistant chief of police January 1, 2009. He retired from the department on October 31, 2013, and was rehired effective November 1, 2013.
The West Chester Police Department employs 12 civilians and 83 uniformed officers. His resignation is effective 11:59 p.m. Saturday, May 3.
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