Meridian Mayor Cheri Barry confirmed Wednesday evening that Police Chief Lee Shelbourn will retire effective at the end of the month.
Barry says she spoke with Shelbourn late Wednesday afternoon, and says she will not race into making a hire for the job. She says Shelbourn will have a say in the search process.
"He has protected and served our community well for three years," said Barry Wednesday night, "he is going to be missed."
"He has been a fantastic leader for our Meridian Police Department."
Officials with MPD say that Shelbourn says the decision was prompted by his wish to spend more time with his family.
Shelbourn's retirement wraps up a law enforcement career that spanned 42 years, serving a number of agencies. He was hired as Meridian's Police Chief in September of 2009.