Arab Police Chief Ed Ralston is retiring. His last official day is July 31. Until then, he’ll be in and out and using up sick days, as allowed by law.

Assistant Chief Shane Washburn will take over the day-to-day operations of the department until the Arab City Council names Ralston’s replacement.

Ralston, 57, has officially been with APD since 1988 – 32 years.

He’ll actually retire with 38 years because of the state’s “stress bill” that adds five years to police officers’ years of service plus sick leave, also allowed by law.

He also “worked” at APD when he was a teenager, going on ride-alongs with officers from the time he was 15 until he went to college.

Ralston was a lieutenant in December 2011 when the council named him police chief replacing the retiring Mike Blackwood.

Ralston’s first day as chief was Jan. 1, 2012.

He said once he retires he doesn’t plan on working a full-time job, but will find something to keep him busy.

“The past eight years (as chief) have been really good,” Ralston told the Tribune Tuesday.

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