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After eight years Durham Police Chief Jose Lopez Sr. has decided to retire at the end of the year after calls for change in leadership.

Earlier today Durham City Manager Tom Bonfield said “after careful consideration, I have determined that a change in leadership is necessary at this time for the City of Durham and the Durham Police Department to continue to meet the law enforcement expectations and needs of the community.”

Lopez retirement will take effect December 31, 2015.

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