Sources: Richmond Police Chief Tarasovic stepping down

Sources: Richmond Police Chief Tarasovic stepping down

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Richmond Police Chief Ray Tarasovic will step down before the end of next month, according to sources.

Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones and Chief Tarasovic have called a Friday morning press conference to discuss police department leadership. Sources say at the 11 a.m. briefing at the Police Training Academy they will announce Tarasovic's plans to retire as chief.

Tarasovic is expected to say he will stay in the post until around his two year anniversary on February 12. Tarasovic returned to the force in 2013 to replace former Richmond Police Chief Bryan Norwood. Sources say Tarasovic will likely leave the position before the end of February.

Mayor Jones is not expected to name a new chief or an interim at the Friday press conference, according to insiders. Instead, he will announce a selection process to narrow candidates for the position. It's unclear whether Jones will choose an outside candidate, as Tarasovic was at the time he was named, or look to promote from within. The command staff currently includes three deputy chiefs; Alfred Durham, Eric English and John Buturla, as well as several majors.

Sources previously indicated Deputy Chief Durham was a possible front-runner when he rejoined the force in November.

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