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Knoxville Police Chief Dan Losada, right, receives applause from members of the Knoxville City Council on Monday.

The retirement of Knoxville Police Chief Dan Losada was made official Monday. Capping 38 years in law enforcement, Losada will retire in mid-May.

While Chief Losada’s career in law enforcement dates back to 1982, Losada took over leading the Knoxville Police Department in Jan. 2005. After 15 years in the position, Losada said he is tired and it’s time for something else.

“It’s time for me to find something else,” he said. “I have two grandsons and another grandchild on the way, they all live on the east coast and I get to see them once a year so now I’m going to see them more.”

The chief said he has not yet found his replacement, but he does have two internal candidates that have expressed interest in the position and he is hoping that external candidates would also express interest. Losada’s last day on the job will be May 16, 2020.

Fiscal Year 2020-21 City Budget

An increase in property value has caused somewhat of a panic for some residents, who assumed the increase would potentially match that increase in property taxes as well.

During the council meeting, City Manager Aaron Adams and Councilman Dylan Morse addressed these concerns saying that the increase that is not the case.

“What I continue to hear from an awful lot of people is they got that letter in the mail that says their house is now worth $30,000 more than it was worth last year and they assume that their taxes are going to increase on a dollar for dollar basis, based on that valuation,” Morse said. “We’re here to say that that’s not true.”

After a brief discussion amongst the council, they agreed unanimously to adopt the 2020-21 Fiscal Year Budget.

Roche St. Culvert Replacement Project

The final plans, specifications, contract and costs to have the culvert on Roche Street replaced were approved during the council meeting as well.

According to Councilwoman Megan Suhr this project has been a “top project on the city’s radar” for quite some time now. Revenue from the city’s stormwater utility has been set aside over the years to fund the project and now the city has enough money to begin accepting bids for construction.

Tiffany McDaniel is a staff writer based at the Oskaloosa Herald. She reported on this story from Knoxville. She can be reached by phone at (641) 660–9659, by email at tmcdaniel@oskyherald.com or on Twitter @tmcdaniel_osky.

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