Chillicothe Police Chief Richard L. “Rick” Knouse, who has been employed with the Chillicothe Police Department for the last 40 years, announced his retirement, effective Sept. 29, 2017.
Chillicothe Police Chief Richard L. “Rick” Knouse, who has been employed with the Chillicothe Police Department for the last 40 years, announced his retirement, effective Sept. 29, 2017. Knouse served as a reserve officer for four years and has worked full-time with the department for the last 36 years. He was named chief 17 years ago. “For the last 45 years, I have worn a uniform of one kind or another, since I was 18 years old,” Knouse stated in a letter addressed to the mayor and City Council. Knouse stated that he has enjoyed being a police officer for the city of Chillicothe. “I have come to the time where I need to enjoy my life and be with my family,” he stated. He said he is leaving the city with a highly-trained and great police department. “They will serve you well,” he said. “I am proud of them. Serving my country, city and my state has been a great privilege.” Knouse’s letter to the city was dated June 28 and the Chillicothe City Council members discussed the letter during an executive session following the regular council meeting Monday evening. Minutes from that meeting were released by City Clerk Roze Frampton just before noon Tuesday and stated that the council unanimously accepted Knouse’s resignation. Knouse also serves as the elected city constable. His letter to the city did not address the constable position and Knouse could not be reached for comment Tuesday. By state law, Chillicothe is required to have an elected constable because Chillicothe is a special charter city with a population between 3,000 and 10,000 people. By city ordinance, compensation for the constable position is $1 annually. If Knouse does resign his constable position, the city would have authority to appoint someone to that position, according to City Attorney Robert Cowherd.