Anne Arundel County Police Chief Colonel James Teare has decided to retire on August 1, 2012, ending the criminal investigation related to his involvement in the scandal surrounding County Executive John Leopold .
In a statement Teare said he has "cherished the opportunity to serve the citizens of Anne Arundel County."
Teare's criminal investigation will end as Leopold's continues.
"It is important to resolve this matter without any further disruption to the effective functioning of the Police Department at a time when it is reorganizing and the Anne Arundel County Executive is under indictment." said State Prosecutor Emmet C. Davitt. "Our office believes that this resolution is in the best interests of the citizens of Anne Arundel County."
What is next for Leopold? Find out here .
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