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The Alton City Council has made it official: Alton Police Chief Jason Simmons will retire at the end of the month and current Deputy Chief Marcos Pulido will become chief in about a week. The city is offering early retirement as a way to trim some cost from the budget due to the financial repercussions of the pandemic.
The retirement will allow two officers who would have been laid off otherwise to keep their jobs. The city will operate without a Deputy Chief until the next budget year, according to Simmons. Also retiring at the end of the month will be Patrol Commander Lieutenant David DeWall. The Fire Department will have a new Assistant Chief, as Rob Franke was appointed at last night’s meeting. The council also gave first reading to an ordinance that will create one new liquor license for Mac’s Time Out Lounge. There is an empty space that in the past was used for receptions and other large gatherings. With the pandemic, the owner is seeking the additional license to convert the area to bar use.