JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The police chief in Mississippi's capital and most populous city says he will retire before the year's end.

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba told The Clarion-Ledger on Wednesday that Jackson Police Chief Lee Vance will retire by the end of the month. Vance says he and Lumumba spoke and decided together on his retirement.

Lumumba says he will announce his appointment of an interim chief in the near future, but declined to name any candidates. Vance says he has no idea who Lumumba may choose to take his place but hopes Lumumba will search within the police department's ranks.

Vance says he started as a recruit in 1987 before becoming chief 30 years later. Former Mayor Tony Yarber had appointed Vance while he was serving as interim chief.


Information from: The Clarion-Ledger, http://www.clarionledger.com