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West Chester police chief resigns

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West Chester Police Chief Erik Niehaus during an interview in December 2009 (File photo). West Chester Police Chief Erik Niehaus during an interview in December 2009 (File photo).
WEST CHESTER, OH (FOX19) -

West Chester Chief of Police Erik 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.

"Erik's leadership has been invaluable to our organization and his presence will be missed, but when there is an opportunity for one of our staff to advance their careers and fulfill their professional goals the achievement is to be celebrated," said Township Administrator Judi Boyko.

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."

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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