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LPD Chief Diaz leaving to take assignment with Air Force Special Investigations overseas

Lynchburg Police Chief Raul Diaz being sworn in on November 18, 2015 (City of Lynchburg)

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- Lynchburg Police Chief Raul Diaz said he's retiring to take an assignment to lead a United States Air Force Office of Special Investigations (USAFOSI) mission overseas.

In April, Diaz said he was contacted and presented with the opportunity.

Diaz was sworn in as the Lynchburg Police Chief on November 18, 2015 to replace Parks Snead who retired after 31 years with LPD.

He said the assignment "equates to a careerbroadening opportunity in Federal Law Enforcement with global impact."

Diaz said he was only given a small time frame to make the decision on whether to take it or not, but after serious contemplation and discussion with his family and City Manager Bonnie Svrcek he determined that he was going to accept the assignment.

His retirement is effective as of September 1, 2018.

He said he will remain as the chief during the investigation into two open cases involving police officers, Commonwealth Attorney's from Alexandria and Virginia Beach are deliberating the two cases.

"I will continue as Chief addressing and responding to the findings of both cases once decisions have been reached and published," Chief Diaz said.

Diaz said he also wants to give Svrcek an opportunity to fill the position before he leaves.

"It has been my distinct honor and privilege to serve as the Chief of Police for the Lynchburg Police Department," he wrote in a statement. "I have thoroughly enjoyed my time working alongside the men and women of the LPD."

Diaz also offered his gratitude to City Council, Svrcek, residents and the community of Lynchburg.

He also said his family will live in Lynchburg during his overseas tour of duty.

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