MONROE, La. (KNOE) - The chief of Monroe's police department is stepping away from the department's top post.
Monroe Police Chief Eugene Ellis is retiring. The retirement was announced Wednesday afternoon at Monroe City Hall.
"It has been a long ride it's been a good ride a wonderful job I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world," said Police Chief Eugene Ellis.
Effective Feb. 1, 2020, Public Affairs officer Reggie Brown will be the interim chief of police in Monroe.
Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo appointed Ellis chief in January 2018. Ellis had been serving as interim chief following the retirement of former chief Quentin Holmes the previous August. Ellis was one of four finalists for the position.
He joined the Monroe PD as a patrolman in 1986 and has worked in various roles. Those roles include working with the Metro Narcotics Unit of Ouachita, the Criminal Intervention Bureau, the Intelligence Division, and Internal Affairs.
Mayo praised Ellis' work in the department and his efforts to fight crime in the city during his role as chief.
"He stated that his primary goal was to combat crime, in his leadership he was able to do that," Mayo said.
According to the 2018 FBI Uniform Crime Report , violent crime dropped 38% in Monroe. The figures for 2019 have not been released yet.