The Winnebago city council has recently approved an early retirement incentive for police officers but little did they know it would be utilized so soon.
Winnebago Chief of Police Bob Toland recently submitted his letter of resignation, stating his desire to retire.
"This is done with some regret, as I have worked as a police officer within the state for more than 32 years,"?he says.
Toland's retirement is to be effective as of Nov. 30 upon approval and acceptance of the agreement to utilize the early retirement incentive.
But, he is leaving with fond memories.
"I started in Winnebago as a part-time officer,"?Toland says. "And, have served as chief of police twice."
Toland has spent the last 10 years with the Winnebago police department.
He has spent time working in Amboy as a part-time officer and police chief; Mapleton as a part-time officer; Faribault County Sheriff Department as chief deputy; and South Central Drug Investigative Unit.
"That experience, along with my six years as military police in the U.S. Army, has given me quite an opportunity,"?he says. "And, I would like to thank Winnebago for being a part of that."
He says he and his wife Madge are excited to spend time with their grandchildren and together at home.
But he plans to stay in the loop with the city.
"I look forward to staying connected with the community and its projects and celebrations," Toland says.
Since he was interested in utilizing the early retirement incentive, the city council called a special meeting to approve an agreement.
"I?worked with Bob and the parameters of the resolution to come up with an agreement that works well for both parties,"?city administrator Chris Ziegler says.
The city of Winnebago felt the cost of health insurance may create issues for officers looking at retirement.
So, at their October council meeting they approved the resolution which states the city will offer health insurance after the officer's retirement.
The agreement sets the maximum contribution of $28,800, but it doesn't set a total length or limit per month in which that amount needs to be used.
It is based off of $600 per month for 48 months, but can be used in any amount until the maximum contribution from the city runs out.
"This allows flexibility for both parties, which is important given the uncertainty around healthcare premiums at this time,"?Ziegler explains.
The city council held the special meeting regarding Toland's retirement on Friday, Oct. 18 at 5 p.m. to go over the agreement between Toland and the city.