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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) — New Castle County’s police chief says he is resigning and will soon become a member of state Sen. Chris Coons’ staff.

Michael McGowan announced his resignation, effective Oct. 1, on Tuesday. McGowan declined to comment further, saying only that he was “moving on.”

The 49-year-old has been chief of the 334-officer department for two years, and has been on the force for more than two decades.

Coons spokesman Ian Koski says McGowan will become Coons’ New Castle County director and will earn $75,000 a year. McGowan earned about $143,500 annually as chief of police.

County Executive Paul Clark says he will name an interim chief in a few days.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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