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Louisiana city’s police chief to resign

September 19, 2018

COVINGTON, La. (AP) — A Louisiana city’s police chief is stepping down.

Covington Mayor Mike Cooper confirmed Wednesday that he received a resignation letter Friday from Police Chief Tim Lentz, who’s resigning effective Oct. 3.

News outlets report Lentz says in his letter that it was an honor to serve as chief but he’s “called to other pursuits that will require my full time attention.”

Lentz spent 30 years with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office and served as chief deputy for about two years. He was sworn in as Covington’s police chief in October 2013 and has been widely rumored to be running for the parish sheriff’s post in next fall’s election.

Deputy Chief Stephen Culotta will serve as interim chief until the seat is filled.

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