"My original letter of retirement as a Chief of Police was dated for Nov. 1, 2011, for transitional purposes for the department," Smith said in an email to The Daily Tribune News. "Due to having a well ran department and good command staff, I am able to go ahead and go out sooner with my chief's retirement."
Smith became chief in 2008 and has served with Euharlee for five and a half years. His letter of resignation sends a thank-you to the citizens of Euharlee saying, "You are some of the best. I'll always be available to all of you."
In a statement, Smith says that he wishes to enter the private sector.
"After 30-plus years of military and law enforcement, it's time to move on to the next chapter of my life," Smith said. "It's been a great ride, but now it's time to get off."
Euharlee Police Department secretary and interim city clerk Amanda Siniard also resigned in a letter dated Sept. 27.
Siniard said in the letter that she appreciated the opportunity with the city but was leaving "due to personal matters."
EPD is also trying to fill a vacant position on the force. The city council will look to fill the vacancies during an upcoming meeting.