NORWALK, Iowa (AP) -- Norwalk Police Chief Mike Richardson has retired amid concerns about administration of the six-member department.

Richardson, 46, who had been chief for more than 25 years, retired Thursday, Mayor Jerry Starkweather said.

Starkweather said concerns centered on the fact there were no records since 1997 of any members of the department completing their required annual gun training and other training. Starkweather said 1997 was the only year there was a record of such training.

``I thought this was a real problem,'' he said.

The mayor said that as of Wednesday, the officers were in compliance.

City Attorney Jim Dougherty said the problem appeared to be more than a record-keeping issue. He said there was no indication the officers had received gun training any time other than 1997.

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Richardson could not be reached for comment.

High-profile cases during Richardson's tenure have included:

--The unsolved 1997 stabbing death of Arlys Ponce, who was found in her Norwalk home.

--A 1993 shooting in which Rick Forsyth was convicted of killing his estranged wife, their three children and two visiting children before wounding himself.

--The disappearance of baby Shane Lass in 1992. The baby's body was found in a ditch a few days later. His mother, who said Shane was abducted, was acquitted of a murder charge in 1993.


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