Dayton Police Chief Announces Retirement

By: Brendan Ponton Email
By: Brendan Ponton Email

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DAYTON, Va. (WHSV) -- After more than 15 years on the force, Dayton Police Chief Donnie "Dinky" Conley announced his retirement at Monday night's town council meeting.

Conley has been chief for the last nine years and his retirement will take effect on January 1, 2015.

In his role as chief, Conley oversees seven other officers for the town with a population of about 1,600. He also works closely with the Rockingham County Sheriff's Office.

He said he's retiring because he felt like he wanted to take a step back and try something different.

Conley said during his tenure, some of his proudest accomplishments have been getting officers active shooter training, doing a program to check on elderly people and working to keep the schools safe.

While he may be 51 years old, he said he still feels young at heart.

"My wife asks me from time to time, when am I ever going to grow up? And I tell her never. I'm in good health. It's a scary feeling to do this, but I know it's the right time to go, and I always said throughout my career, when I knew it was time to go, I would go," said Conley.

Conley said he's not sure exactly what he wants to do next, but did say that he wants to spend more time with his family, including his grandson.

The town council will pick the next chief.
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