Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn says he’ll retire in February

Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn says he’s retiring.

Flynn announced his departure Monday at a news conference, saying “it’s time.”

Flynn has been chief for 10 years, and leaves with two years left in his current term.

His retirement comes just days before he was to have his annual evaluation. And it comes as a majority of Common Council members have been pushing for residents to have a greater role in the police and fire chief positions.

Flynn steered the department through rioting that followed the 2016 shooting of a black man, Sylville Smith, by a black officer on the city’s north side. He was also chief in 2014 when a white officer, Christopher Manney, shot and killed a mentally ill black man, Dontre Hamilton, in a city park.