Hailey Police Chief Jeff Gunter on Tuesday afternoon announced his retirement from the Police Department, citing needs to focus on family and personal health.

Gunter had been on paid administrative leave from the city since Jan. 31.

Hailey Mayor Martha Burke will decide on future leadership in the coming weeks, according to a city press release, and Assistant Chief Steve England will continue to serve as interim chief.

Burke credited Gunter with an additional month’s salary upon his departure.

“Mayor Burke … accepted the retirement of Chief Gunter, wishing him fulfilling and satisfying future years,” the release stated.

The former police chief began serving Hailey in 1990 as a patrol officer and was named chief of police in 2007.

“He acted as co-commander under the incident command system with the Hailey Fire Chief, leading Hailey response teams through city-wide emergency events,” the release stated.

Gunter was placed on leave in the wake of an Idaho State Police investigation, which is ongoing. In an interview following a City Council meeting Monday, City Administrator Heather Dawson declined to share any details on the investigation.

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