North Charleston police chief announces retirement


NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- Chief Jon Zumalt of the North Charleston Police Department announced Monday that he will retire on January 31.

Zumalt served for 11 years at the department.

"It's time for me to retire and let someone else have a shot at it," he said.

At a press conference, Zumalt said that he has worked without a day off for 11 years and decided now was a good time to step down. He added that he was caring for his mother, who lives out-of-state, and would be leaving the Charleston area.

"I'm going to go back and be a son again and get some rest, then look at exploring other career opportunities," he said.

Zumalt said that his biggest accomplishment was that no officers were killed on duty in his 11 years at the police department, as well as cutting crime in half.

He also noted that there is work left to do with crime and building trust with everyone in the community.

North Charleston Mayor Summey said Zumalt was an inspiration to the community. He said the two men worked closely and Zumalt's efforts have resulted in the lowest crime statistics in the city.

The department has not named an interim chief.