Spokane Police Chief and Assistant Chief to retire


by KREM.com & Katie Utehs


Posted on September 13, 2011 at 4:38 PM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 13 at 5:09 PM

SPOKANE-- According to the Spokane Police Department both Chief Anne Kirkpatrick and Assistant Chief Jim Nicks have plans to retire within the next year.

Spokane's Chief of Police Anne Kirkpatrick has been clear she only intended to spend five years in Spokane.

Kirkpatrick’s five-year anniversary was this month. In April she had conversations with Mayor Mary Verner about finding a replacement starting in early 2012.

Officials say Kirkpatrick and Nicks have expressed interest in helping city leaders during the search for the next chief.

Nicks has served Spokane for 30 years and is at retirement age.
Nicks will also be testifying in the Karl Thompson trial for the beating death of Otto Zehm this October. Nicks was acting chief at the time of the incident in 2006.
Nicks changed from initially defending Thompson to now testifying for the prosecution against Thompson. The trial starts next month.
He declined to talk to reporters today about his retirement.

The city will begin a regional and possible nationwide search for a new chief. The process may take six to nine months.