David Bishop began his career as a city patrol officer in 1962

Beaverton Police Chief David G. Bishop plans to retire in July.

Mayor Rob Drake made the announcement this afternoon.

'I knew this day would come and I've not looked forward to it,' Drake said. 'His long and successful career has forever left a positive mark on public safety in Washington County and Oregon.

'His reach has touched all aspects of the public safety community. He's built a really good organization and has hired really outstanding men and women in the department that will carry on his good work.'

Bishop has dedicated the past 44 years to making Oregon communities safer for citizens. He began his law enforcement career in Beaverton in 1962 as a police officer and has served as the department's chief of police for the past 15 years.

Under his administration, the department has earned the support and respect of the community and has implemented numerous award-winning programs, which have been modeled after by cities and police agencies nationwide from community policing to fighting identity theft and fraud crimes to victims' assistance.

He has also helped shape the future of the law enforcement profession as an educator for more than 25 years in Oregon's foremost colleges and universities.

The search for Bishop's replacement will begin immediately.

Drake said he hoped to have a new chief on board prior to Bishop's departure.

'These are big shoes to fill but I'm confident that this will be a highly sought after position,' Drake said.

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