St. Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell announces he is leaving department next summer

(KSTP) – St. Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell announced that he will not be pursuing a second term when his current term ends in June.

"It has been a wonderful and trying experience, one I will forever cherish," Axtell wrote, in part, on a Facebook post Wednesday. "The trust bestowed upon me by this city is truly humbling."

Axtell has been with the department for over 30 years.

"Serving as the Chief of Police for the City of Saint Paul and leading the best officers and civilians in the country has been my greatest professional honor," he said.

To see his full statement, click here.