ROCKLAND — Rockland Police Chief Christopher Young submitted his retirement notice to the city.

Young’s last day on the job will be Nov. 8.

Young served as chief since October 2018.

He was hired by Rockland as a patrol officer in January 1996. He was named a detective in the department in 2001, and promoted to detective sergeant in 2008. Young served as deputy chief since February 2015 before being named chief.

He is a graduate of Camden Hills Regional High School and attended the Southern Maine Technical College in South Portland. He previously worked as a deputy for the Knox County Sheriff’s Office and as a reserve officer for Rockport.

His father was a longtime police officer and is retired from the Maine State Police.

Young succeeded longtime Chief Bruce Boucher.

Luttrell said he will advertise the position. The chief said there are sergeants and veteran officers who would be eligible to apply for the chief position. The city will look at in-house candidates first.

Deputy Chief Joel Neal had no comment Oct. 8 on whether he would seek the chief post.

The resignation of the chief comes as the Rockland Police Review Committee is set to hold its first meeting Oct. 18.

But Young said while the optics of him leaving at this time may appear to be related to the committee’s creation, it was not. He said he was offered a private sector job that was too good to turn down.

He retired in January 2021 and was rehired under a revised city policy. He said under the terms of that retirement/rehiring agreement he would have only four years maximum left with the department.

The Council voted July 12 to create the ad-hoc committee to “investigate ways to improve community policing in Rockland” and report those recommendations to the City Council. The work is expected to take 12 months to complete, but the committee can ask for additional time.

Appointed to the committee were Angela McIntyre, Emily Emmott, Paul Dube, Anne “Pinny” Beebe-Center, Dana Crane, Joseph Steinberger and Russell Beauchemin. Councilor Davis will be a non-voting member of the committee to serve as a liaison to the City Council.

A petition was filed with the Rockland City Council in August 2020 by a group calling for reallocating money from police to social services. That petition gathered 135 local signatures. Supporters of the department collected more signatures in response to the original petition.

Young’s departure is adding to a list of department head vacancies in Rockland. The city also needs to fill the public services director post, a code enforcement officer, the city assessor, and the sustainability coordinator.