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Godwin remains open to returning as Police Director

By Nick Kenney - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - On the day he unveiled a "Chiefs Wall" honoring top cops of the past, Memphis Police Director Larry Godwin answered questions about his own future.

"I think this has kind of taken on a life of its own," he said.

Godwin has signed up for the city's Deferred Retirement Optional Plan (DROP), and is slated to retire in April.  But will he be out of a job?

"It's a irrevocable decision to retire. It's not a irrevocable decision to not be re-hired," he said.

Godwin remains open to staying on as director of the Memphis Police Department, and has already made his services available to Mayor A C Wharton.  He believes this would not violate DROP plan rules, because he is technically not a civil service employee.

"The only reason that a director could be considered is because it is an appointed position, and the mayor makes those appointments," he said. "Other than that, this wouldn't even be up for conversation."

Godwin says his pension would simply freeze, and that he could not - and would not - double dip.

"There's no way I would serve the citizens of Memphis and draw a pension and a salary," he said. "You can't do that."

But ultimately, the decision belongs to Memphis Mayor AC Wharton.

"Whether it's Larry Godwin or somebody else, the mayor should appoint who he feels comfortable with, and who's gonna serve best for this community," he said.

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