Mich. police chief joins Emergent BioSolutions Inc.

Lansing, Michigan police chief Mark Alley has announced that he will retire within the month to take a new position at Emergent BioSolutions Inc. as the company's senior director of risk management.

"This is a bittersweet moment for me," Alley said in a statement, "because I love my job and the people I work with. At the same time, this is a wonderful opportunity for (my wife) Cassie and me to start writing a new chapter in our lives."

"This opportunity came forward within the past month," Alley told WLNS.com. "I wasn't expecting it. Once I got done with negotiations, I talked to my wife and the rest of my immediate family and we just decided it was the best thing for us to move forward."

Alley, a 24 year Lansing Police Department veteran who served for 10 years as chief, will begin working for the Lansing, Michigan-based Emergent BioSolutions Inc. on March 18.

Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero told the Lansing State Journal that he will be sad to see Alley leaving the city's administration.

"Mark Alley has served the citizens of Lansing with distinction under three different mayors," Bernero told the Lansing State Journal. "He is a natural leader, a consummate professional and a man of great honor and integrity."

An interim chief to replace Alley will be announced following a nationwide search.