Opp police chief Mike McDonald retires

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OPP, Ala. (WDHN) — A retirement reception was held for Opp’s longtime chief of police Friday.

Mike McDonald joined the department as a patrolman in 1988 and leaves some 31 years later as its chief.

Before working with Opp,  McDonald served as a military police officer. He also spent several years working in his hometown as a mobile policeman.

For McDonald, he said leaving law enforcement after nearly a half-century is a bittersweet experience.

“To be honest with you, you’re not going to change the world in law enforcement,” McDonald said. “You’re not going to change society. You have to take a little bite at a time, but if you can remove someone from the general public that’s a danger to the public, I think you’ve done a good day’s work.”

Next week, longtime assistant Opp police Chief Kevin Chance officially assumes the chief’s role.

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