Lafayette Police Chief Jim Craft has announced he will retire on January 31, 2016. That day will mark exactly 39 years of service in law enforcement.
The chief spoke at a press conference Friday morning. Craft said after reflecting with his family he felt as though now is the right time in his life to retire.
“Although there were many ups and downs, I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at the Lafayette Police Department. Of course, the most challenging but most rewarding of the positions I have held is leading this agency and working with so many courageous men and women.”
Lafayette Mayor-President Joey Durel appointed Craft as police chief in 2007. The Daily Advertiser reports, Craft has been involved in over 1,500 major felony cases during his 18 years as an investigator and supervisor in investigations.
The chief said he looks forward spending more time with current and future grandchildren and his wife, Joan Dupré Craft. He also mentioned him and his family will be, “taking a vacation to Gulf Shores,” as well as hunting and golfing.