ASBURY PARK - Asbury Park Police Chief Mark Kinmon will officially retire from his job beginning Jan. 1, 2014 but he will be using up accumulated sick and vacation time beginning Oct. 1.
"After 26 years in this business it's time to move on and do something else.
I am going to use some accumulated leave time beginning Oct. 1 and I will not be retuning after that date," he
said this week.
Capt. David Kelso will be in charge of police operations while Kinmon is away.
was on the police force for 26 years, with about six of those as chief.
He previously worked for two years with the Monmouth County Sheriff's Office.
feels fortunate to work in Asbury Park
over the years.
"The job is always challenging but it's truly been a pleasure for me to have served in this capacity and work with so many fine people.
I feel I have been very fortunate over the years," he
Planning to spend some more time with his
wife of 25 years, Karen, Kinmon
, who lives in Howell Township, said he
is keeping his
options open for the future.
"I am thinking about a few employment options but I am not committed to anything right now," he
City Manager Terence Reidy, who reinstituted the police chief position after it was previously held by a public safety director for years, appointed Kinmon.
Reidy said Kinmon
worked his way up through the ranks over the years and held many different positions.
Reidy also said that Kinmon
is "a bridge builder" and is responsible for networking with every single level of law enforcement to bring various training programs, resources and personnel into the city.