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Morrisville police chief announces retirement

Morrisville Police Chief Ira Jones
Morrisville Police Chief Ira Jones

Chief Ira Jones will retire next month from the Morrisville Police Department after two decades of service with the town.

Jones, who has been chief since 2004, will leave the department Nov. 20, officials announced at a town meeting Saturday.

Jones has been with Morrisville since 1994, according to town spokeswoman Stephanie Smith. His annual salary is about $89,600.

Jones was on vacation and couldn’t be reached for comment. His future plans are unclear.

Mayor Mark Stohlman, who entered local politics three years after Jones became chief, said Jones has been an exemplary leader, both internally and in the community at large.

“He’s always been the guy to go out in neighborhoods and talk about crime prevention, suicide prevention, things like that,” Stohlman said.

Stohlman said town leaders have known about Jones’ retirement plans for several weeks and have a plan for the department until a new chief is selected.

Capt. Felecia Sykes will serve as interim police chief starting Nov. 20. Sykes is head of the police department’s patrol division.

The search for a new police chief likely will begin in January, said Town Manager Martha Paige.

Morrisville is a low-crime area, and Stohlman attributed that to the police department’s efforts under Jones to encourage crime detection and prevention in local communities. Stohlman said he also got to know Sykes through that process because she frequently attends community events and neighborhoods outreach programs.

“She’s really good,” he said.

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