Thurston to Retire as Madison Police Chief

Posted On July 10, 2017

Madison Police Chief Dan Thurston is retiring, effective later this month.

Madison Mayor Damon Welch said in a press release Sunday night that Thurston will retire from the force after a 24 year career with the Madison department where he served in a variety of roles. In the statement, Thurston says, “I have been fortunate to work with so many professional law enforcement officers, dispatchers and first responders who deeply care about making a difference in the community.”

Mayor Welch added, “I am grateful to Dan for his service to the Madison community for the last 24 years and especially for his time as Chief in my administration. While I’m sad to see him leave the police department, I am excited for him to take the next step in his career and wish him nothing but the best.”

Welch says a new police chief will be announced in the coming weeks after consulting this week with various facets of the City of Madison. Thurston had served as police chief since January 1, 2012. Thurston is expected to take on a new position in his professional career that will allow him to work closely with the City of Madison.


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