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Kevin Murphy introduces self as retired Police Chief in Huntsville

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

According to a statement made by Kevin Murphy on Friday in Huntsville, he is retiring as Chief of Police.

At a ceremony, in which Murphy was awarded with the Police Officer of the Year Award, he introduced himself as retired Police Chief, but the city has not officially confirmed his retirement.

When asked by a reporter, from the WHNT station, to introduce himself, Murphy responded:

I'm Kevin Murphy. I'm the retired police chief from Montgomery, Alabama.

Murphy has been on administrative leave since the death of his twin brother earlier this month.

He said that he will miss the people that he has worked with for nearly three decades.

"You know I had a fantastic team, I love everyone of them they inspired me every day and I'm really going to miss them," Murphy said.

After accepting the award, Murphy said that thanks to the help of the police officers, the crime rate in Montgomery has dropped.

"Well I want to dedicate this award to the men and women of the police department," Murphy said. "They are the ones that have sacrificed and worked so hard to make our city a safe place. You know to bring crime down to the lowest level that we have seen in over 30 years."

Before Murphy's announcement on Friday, Montgomery mayor Todd strange told us he received a letter on behalf of the chief and they are in continuing talks.

Murphy and Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange will hold a joint news conference at City Hall on Monday at 11 a.m.

WSFA 12 News will carry that live on air and on WSFA.com.

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