WINNEBAGO - They didn't like it, but Winnebago City Council members accepted the resignation of Police Chief Bob Toland on Friday.
Toland offered his resignation, dated Oct. 14, "with some regret," saying he had been a police officer for 32 years.
"I started in Winnebago as a part-time officer, and twice [was] your chief of police," he wrote.
"I don't like that he's leaving," said Councilwoman Jean Anderson.
"He won't change his cell phone number right away," joked Councilman Rick Johnson.
Toland's resignation takes effect Nov. 30. One of the reasons he resigned is to take advantage of an early retirement incentive that the council has discussed at past meetings.
City Administrator Chris Ziegler said he and City Attorney Doug Johanson have worked out the wording of the agreement.
The highlights are that it will be re-evaluated every year, "which gives us flexibility," Ziegler said.
The flexibility is necessary because of future changes in insurance premiums and deductibles. The agreement can change along with laws and city policies, Ziegler noted.
The council approved the agreement.