Selma Police Chief John Brock to retire after mayor asks him to step down

John Brock Selma

After 31 years with the Selma Police Department, Selma Police Chief John Brock has announced his plans to retire.

Citing issues with the city’s new mayor, former state representative Darrio Melton, Brock has decided to move on, after Melton asked him to step down.

Brock started working with the department as a teen as a part-time dispatcher, where he worked his way through the ranks and served as a lieutenant before being promoted to chief in September 2015.

“That commitment to the city speaks volumes in regards to what he gave to this city,” Melton told the Selma Times Journal. “Being in law enforcement is a service that takes special people to do, and we have been blessed in Selma to have Chief John Brock to be a part of our law enforcement over these 30 plus years.”

The City of Selma also extended their well wishes to the departing chief.

“His example is cherished, his legacy is preserved and his commitment is admired,” the city said in a news release. “The City wishes him every happiness and success as he embarks on the next chapter of his life.”

Brock will retire from the department effective Jan. 1, 2017.

Longtime police lieutenant Johnny King has been named interim chief until a permanent replacement can be found.