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Cleveland's police chief, David Bishop, is taking medical retirement and will be replaced by Capt. Dennis Maddux, the city manager said Friday.

City Manager Janice Casteel said in an email sent through police department spokeswoman Sgt. Evie West that Maddux will take over immediately as interim chief and Bishop's retirement will take effect Feb. 28.

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Maddux, who has been with the department since 1987, will be Cleveland's third police chief in just more than a year.

Bishop, a veteran officer who had been chief of operations since 2008, was named in December 2013 as interim replacement for Wes Snyder.

Snyder abruptly announced his retirement and went on leave shortly after security video surfaced that showed him trysting with MainStreet Cleveland Executive Director Sharon Marr on multiple occasions at a rented storage warehouse on Old Tasso Road. Snyder officially retired Jan. 5, 2014, and Bishop was sworn in as chief about a week later.

"I appreciate Chief Bishop's 30 years of dedicated service to the city of Cleveland and the past year as he served as police chief of the Cleveland Police Department," Casteel wrote.

Maddux joined the department in 1987 as a patrolman and was promoted to sergeant in 1992, according to his file at the Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission. He rose from sergeant to lieutenant in 2008 and to captain in 2012.

Capt. Mark Gibson has been acting chief since Bishop went on medical leave in October, and Casteel thanked him for his service in that role.

"Cleveland is fortunate to have qualified, veteran officers to assume leadership roles," she said.

"I put my confidence in the experience of the appointed leaders of the department and believe that they will continue to lead the officers on a proactive and progressive path."

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