HUDSON — A longtime lieutenant will serve as the city’s acting police chief, following the April 8 retirement of Police Chief Dave Robbins.

Hudson Police Department Lt. Kevin May began working as the department’s temporary leader on April 8 after being selected for the post by City Manager Jane Howington, according to Jody Roberts, the city’s communications manager.

"After proudly serving the citizens of Hudson for 27 years, it is an honor and privilege to serve as acting chief and continue to lead the outstanding men and women of the Hudson Police Department," said May.

He added he is planning to apply to be considered for the permanent leadership post.

May’s salary as lieutenant was $94,286. Information on whether May is receiving a raise was not available by press time.

May started his law enforcement career with the Sagamore Hills Police Department in 1989 and then began working for Hudson Township Police in 1990. He was promoted to sergeant in 1995 and ascended to lieutenant in 2003.

Robbins retired from the chief’s position April 8 following a nearly 38-year career with the Hudson Police Department. He had served as chief since 2003.

Roberts said the city will conduct a search for a new chief, which she anticipates will last three to five months.

"We’ll open it up into a wide search," said Roberts. "We’ll look internally, but we’ll also look externally. We do want to do a broad search just to make sure we’re looking at the best candidates out there."

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