Bryan's police chief will begin his retirement a couple of weeks early. But he's not going anywhere just yet.
Chief Mike Strope had originally planned to retire in August. But the city announced Tuesday his last fulltime day on the job will be July 18. However, Strope will remain in a temporary capacity until a new police chief is named. That announcement is expected to be made sometime this fall.
Rumors had circulated earlier this summer that Strope was quitting his job, but at the time, Strope said the rumors were false. But he added that he would likely be leaving BPD earlier than expected.
Strope joined the Bryan Police Department in a advisory capacity in February 2003. Six months later, he was hired as the city's fulltime chief.