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MPD director on retirement: 'I'm not frustrated'

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Armstrong says the time is coming to step down. Armstrong says the time is coming to step down.
Being open for business 24/7/365, public perception, and fighting for funding is just some of the stress, but he says none of those reasons influenced his decision on a retirement date. Being open for business 24/7/365, public perception, and fighting for funding is just some of the stress, but he says none of those reasons influenced his decision on a retirement date.
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(WMC-TV) - Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong says nothing is driving him to DROP, which is the "deferred retirement option plan."

Being open for business 24/7/365, public perception, and fighting for funding is just some of the stress, but he says none of those reasons influenced his decision on a retirement date. He says it is just that time.

"I'm not frustrated. Let me clear about that," said Armstrong.

He has been on the force 25 years, mostly working violent crimes—the last three years as the city's top cop.

Armstrong says the time is coming to step down.

"There was going to be a retirement at some point. I was not going to do this indefinitely, and it's always been my desire to leave this job with my health and strength," said Armstrong.

Armstrong says he still has goals before he walks away, including upgrading MPD technology and opening its own headquarters rather than occupying the 12th floor of 201 Poplar.

"Three years is a long time. I'm still going to show up every single day and do what's I've been doing for the last 25 years, and that's show up every day and give this city absolutely everything that I can to keep it safe," said Armstrong.

Armstrong says he has thought about his retirement long and hard and discussed it with Mayor A C Wharton. He will be involved in the next step for his office.

"Given the opportunity, I'm going to make sure that my replacement knows absolutely everything that I know. I'm going to make sure that, that transition is smooth. I'm going to make myself available to that person even in my retirement," said Armstrong.

Armstrong says he is not ready to discuss what is next for him, but he joked that if the Dallas Cowboys come calling, he will happily relocate to Dallas to run security for his favorite football team.

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