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Burlington Police Chief Retiring

Jun 12, 2012

Burlington is in the market for a new police chief as Dan Luttenegger is calling it a career after 31 years in law enforcement.

He is retiring after spending almost his entire career with the Burlington Police Department, moving up the ranks from patrol officer to chief.

Luttenegger was appointed to the top spot in the department in 2007 following the death of former Police Chief Dave Wunnenberg.

He says the time is right for him to step aside as he reaches retirement age later this month.

“I have accomplished everything I set out to,” says Luttenegger.  “The department is in great shape, but we are a little short on manpower, which is the only downside.  As far as command staff, we have a top notch crew and they are ready to roll.”

Luttenegger says he was working in management at McDonald’s when he decided to test for the Burlington Police Department.  He says he was looking for a career that would allow him to advance and grow.

Luttenegger’s last day on the job will be Friday, June 29.  Major Doug Beaird will serve as interim chief upon his departure.

Luttenegger says he first brought up the idea of retiring about six months ago so city leaders could start thinking about the future.

Burlington has already started accepting applications for the post.  The city has set late September as the anticipated start date for its next police chief.