Grove City police Chief Jeff Pearson will retire effective July 27 after 26 years with the city.

Pearson's retirement was announced June 29.

Pearson was named interim police chief in August 2015 after Steve Robinette retired from the post then was sworn in as chief in February 2016.

He joined the Grove City Division of Police in September 1992 as a patrol officer and was promoted to sergeant in 1996. He became a captain in April 2011.

In the city's announcement of Pearson's retirement, Assistant City Administrator/Safety Director Bill Vedra said Pearson "was committed to ensuring the division remained in the forefront of law enforcement tactics and technology."

Pearson's accomplishments included a reorganization of the division that included the creation of the Special Operations Bureau, a unit that focuses on crimes involving drugs and theft, Vedra said. The department also upgraded and expanded its 911 communications technology and began providing dispatching services to Prairie Township during Pearson's tenure.

In the city's 2018 community survey, 98 percent of respondents rated the division of police as excellent or good, the highest rating recorded since the biennial survey began in 1992.

"I leave with an enormous amount of respect and pride for the division and the role it fills in making Grove City a truly special and safe community to live, work and play," Pearson said in the announcement.

Pearson began his law enforcement career 35 years ago as a U.S. Air Force military police officer and also served with the Myrtle Beach Police Department.

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