Keokuk could have a new police chief in place by the end of the week.
Mayor Tom Marion is recommending Administrative Captain Dave Hinton for the post.
Hinton has been with the Keokuk Police Department for more than 20 years.
Marion says Hinton stood out from the other five candidates, who are also members of the department.
Keokuk Police Chief Tom Crew used Thursday night’s city council meeting to announce his retirement. His final day on the job will be June 28, but he will officially leave the payroll on July 6.
Crew has been with the Keokuk Police Department for 25 years. He worked his way through the ranks, serving as patrol officer, captain and assistant chief along the way.
Crew has led the department for the last seven years.
His time in local law enforcement also included a stint as commander of the Lee County Narcotics Task Force.