Strope Hasn't Left BPD Yet; May Leave Sooner

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Bryan's police chief is putting an end to speculation that he's already left his job with the city.

Instead, Mike Strope says business interests may force him to retire earlier than scheduled.

Last October, Strope announced he'd be retiring from his post, but gave assurances that he'd stay on until the end of August. But Friday, Strope said some potential contracts in his consulting business may mean he leaves a month early.

The chief says he's already getting his assistants ready to take the reigns whenever he steps aside. That includes allowing them to have a hand in the on-going budget process.

Strope says he's also talked with Acting City Manager Kean Register about the topic, and that late July would be the earliest that Strope would leave Bryan PD.

The chief also says he is not leaving early due to any conflicts with city officials.

Prior to his stint as Bryan's police chief, Strope served in the same role in College Station, as well as in cities in Arizona and Oklahoma.