Panama City Police Chief John Van Etten Retires

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A long time public servant spent his last day on the job Monday.
Panama City Police Chief John Van Etten is now officially retired.
Van Etten joined the Panama City Police Department in 1984 and worked his way through the ranks.
The city named him chief of police in July 2004.
"It's been a wonderful career and I'm proud to be going out after 28 years of service," said Van Etten.
He said he has seen a lot of improvements and innovations since he first joined the force.
"We've come leaps and bound as a profession,” he said. “The differences are huge."
Van Etten said some of the biggest advancements have taken place in communications.
"Even when it comes to sharing communications-federal and state cases-working with different jurisdictions-we're about to share mutual date bases and integrate in our communications and piggyback on one another. It helps put bad guys in jail."
Deputy Chief Scott Ervin said Van Etten's not only been a great boss but an excellent mentor.
"He's done a great job at preparing employees to carry on after he's gone," Ervin said.
Ervin will serve as acting police chief while the city conducts it's search to replace Van Etten.

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