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BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (WOOD) — The Battle Creek Police Department celebrated the retirement of Chief Jim Blocker on Tuesday.

Blocker has served as chief for more than eight years and has been on the force for 26 years. Before coming to the department, he served in the army many times and was awarded many times.

During Tuesday’s celebration, News 8 spoke with Blocker about his decision to step down.

“There is time to go, probably now that I am on top, I have a great team. This community deserves it, they definitely earned it,” he said. “What a great time to leave. You have to leave at some point, so why not now.’

The Battle Creek Police Department celebrated the retirement of Chief Jim Blocker on Tuesday.

Shannon Bagley will replace Blocker as interim chief. He will serve in this role for six months. The city manager will then determine if Bagley will take over permanently.

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