Thunderbolt's police chief is leaving his post after three years, but he's not going far. Chief Steve Smith says he decided earlier this week to accept a job with Memorial Health to head up its newly created police force. He'll also oversee security at the hospital.
Smith will stay on with Thunderbolt through April 23.
"It's very hard to leave," he said. "It's like a family here. I've enjoyed my time and Thunderbolt is a beautiful place to live, so it's going to be very hard to leave."
Smith will start with Memorial on April 18, overlapping his duties in Thunderbolt for a week.
Thunderbolt is accepting applications for the chief position.