Junction City manager Allen Dinkel announced on Monday that Lt. Kirt Nichols will serve as the interim police chief ahead of Chief Dan Breci’s retirement Sept. 20.

Nichols, the administrative lieutenant for the department, has worked at JCPD for 29 years. He is in charge of hiring department personnel and coordinating officer training.

Breci, 65, has served in law enforcement for 43 years and has spent 20 years with JCPD, including the last three years as chief.

He began his career in Mitchell, South Dakota, in 1976, receiving degrees from Friends University and Fort Hays State. Breci also graduated from the FBI National Academy in 2007.

Breci told the Junction City Post he feels it is time to step down and “enjoy life.”

“I always envisioned myself one day as being a chief of police,” he said. “I have had a great time dealing with the public in this city.”

The national recruitment process for the next chief is in progress.

The first interviews for the position will take place in early October.