Tiffin's police chief announced Thursday he is resigning from the department, effective Jan. 27.
Chief Dave LaGrange, who was hired into Tiffin Police Department in November 2001, turned in his letter of resignation Thursday morning and said he made the decision to leave because of a new job opportunity in the city of Waterville.
"I will be sworn in (as police chief) on the 30th," LaGrange said.
LaGrange said the process of applying for the job began in October and things started to move quickly within the last two weeks.
He and his wife will live in Tiffin until their house sells, he said.
"I will certainly miss people here," he said. "It's a great department with great people, but I'm not going too far."
LaGrange said he is excited to start his duties as police chief of Waterville and that a lot of progress was made during his time as chief of Tiffin, despite tight budgeting.
"It's been challenging and, at the same time, really rewarding," he said.
LaGrange has made a recommendation for an interim police chief, but a decision has not been made by the city yet, he said.
Mayor Aaron Montz said Thursday afternoon the process of naming an interim is under way.