The city of Mesquite announced that long-time Mesquite Police Chief Troy Tanner retired effective Jan. 9 with Police Captain McQuade Chesley named as interim Chief.

Tanner has been on the Mesquite police force for 23 and a half years starting as a rookie cop and working his way to the top. He was appointed chief in July 2011 and was currently earning $131,000 a year plus benefits.

Chesley will serve as interim pending formal appointment of a new chief. According to Mesquite City Manager Andy Barton, “We will conduct an internal search for a new chief within the department similar to what we did for the Fire department last year. We believe there is sufficient talent within the department and that it won’t take long. We anticipate naming a new chief by the end of February.”

Barton added that Chesley has the respect of the men and women throughout the department and that “he will do an excellent job as interim chief.”

Chesley currently earns $110,000 a year salary with benefits on top of that. He will receive a five percent increase while serving as interim chief.

Barton said that the new chief’s salary will be “determined by the experience the person brings to the job.”

Tanner started his law enforcement career in Mesquite in June 1995.  During his career, Tanner served as a Patrol Officer, Canine Officer, Detective Sergeant, Lieutenant, and Police Chief.  Regarding his retirement, Tanner in a formal press release from the city, “I have been blessed in my life to have a career which I have always considered a calling.  Over the past decades, I have built many cherished memories and will always remember them as the best years of my life.”

“All of us who have had the opportunity to work side-by-side with Chief Tanner wish him the very best as he begins this new chapter in his life,” Barton said.  “We consider him to be more than just a coworker, but also a friend.”