Evansville Police Chief Retires

Submitted By: Liz Cooper, lcooper@k2tv.com

Evansville chief of police Zach Gentile announced his retirement discretely yesterday afternoon after 15 years with the department. Chief gentile, who has reported health issues in the past, retired on his own terms. Captain tom Laughery, who has been with the police department for about 13 years, will sit in as interim chief for the time being. Prior to being the chief of Evansville police, Gentile worked for the Miami police department for 20 years. Chief Gentile's announcement marks the fourth head law enforcement retirement in Natrona County within the last nine months. Sheriff Mark Benton, stepped down in June of last year after 40 years with the sheriff's office. His successor, Gus Holbrook, took over for Benton in July. The town of Mills police Chief Jerry Endresen retired in October of last year, spending 34 years at the department. Corporal Bryon Preciado will be appointed as the new chief tonight at the town council meeting. And most recently, Casper police chief, Chris Walsh retired just last week. Walsh had spent over 20 years with the department. Captain Mark Trimble was chosen as interim until the position is permanently filled in April.