CAPTION: Mayor Tom Dermody (left) and City of La Porte Police Chief Paul Brettin (right) congratulate Specialist William Bunton (center) on his retirement Friday, June 26, 2020, in La Porte. Bunton served in the city police department for nearly 23 years.

A long-serving officer with the City of La Porte Police Department retired this week.

After nearly 23 years with the department, Specialist William Bunton completed his service Friday, June 26.

Bunton was a patrolman for most of his career and also spent some time working as an evidence technician in the detective bureau.

Cheif Paul Brettin said the department will hire new officers to fill this position and others. Applicants must be between the ages of 21 and 40.

Call the police department at 219-362-9446 for more information.