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From Wray's MPD Bio:

-Chief Noble Wray has been with the Madison Police Department for 28 years.

-He was promoted through the ranks and was appointed Chief of Police of the City of Madison in 2004.

-Before becoming Chief, Wray received Life Saving and Outstanding Service Awards as a member of the Madison Police Department.

-Chief Wray was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1960.

-He has lived in Wisconsin most of his life and has been married for over 30 years with two adult children.

-He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and is a graduate of the Wisconsin Department of Justice Executive Leadership Course for future police leaders

Awards and Recognitions:
-1996 City of Madison Affirmative Action Award
-2007 Madison Community Juneteenth "UnSung" Hero Award
-2008 Madison Magazine Person of the Year
-2008 Herman Goldstein Finalist for Excellence in Problem Oriented Policing
-2010 Fellowship Award by the International Association of Chiefs and Target Corporation
-2011 UW Milwaukee Alumnus of the Year - School of Social Welfare
-2012 Shorewood School's Tradition of Excellence as Community Leader in Public Safety Award (an Award also received by US Supreme Court Justice William H. Rehnquist)
-2012 Public Service Peace and Dialogue Award from the International Niagara Foundation

UPDATED Wednesday, August 7, 2013--6:20p.m.
MADISON--On Tuesday, Madison Police Chief Noble Wray announced that he plans to retire, after leading the department for nearly a decade.

The announcement took some by surprise. Assistant Chief Randy Gaber said he found out on Sunday. "There's not a week that goes by that I don't learn something new from Chief Wray," said Gaber.

Gaber will take over as the interim chief when Wray steps down. We wanted to know what comes next for the department, but Gaber said it's too soon for that discussion. "At this point I think it's too early to really start looking at what are the next steps," he said. "I think we have to reflect on what the chief has done for this organization and this community and give our organization an opportunity to celebrate what Chief Wray has brought to Madison and the Madison Police Department."

Gaber said they will put a transition plan in place and will also look at future challenges for both the department and community. He wouldn't give more specifics than that today.

Assistant Chief John Davenport said Wray has cultivated a culture of lofty standards and he expects that will continue in the department's future. "I think just the commitment to service from all of us in the organization, I think the expectations are high, I think that's all attributed to Chief Wray's leadership," he said.

Gaber wouldn't comment on whether or not he intends to pursue the chief position, saying right now, he wants the focus to be on Chief Wray's legacy.

He did say someone with similarities to Wray would be good for the department. "Somebody who's very community oriented, very systems oriented, who is in touch with his people, who understands the challenges that are facing law enforcement," said Gaber. "This chief has to be a visionary like Noble Wray is."
UPDATED Tuesday, August 6, 2013 --- 3:55 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Madison Police Chief Noble Wray says he's stepping down after nine years at the helm of the department.

Wray told a news conference Tuesday he had wanted to retire at the beginning of this year, but two officer-involved shootings in six months made it impossible for to leave without causing too much disarray.

Wray says his last day will be sometime at the end of September or beginning of October.

Assistant Police Chief Randy Gaber will then serve as interim chief.

Wray was named police chief in 2004 and has been with department for 28 years. He focused on what he called "trust-based policing," an extension of the community policing philosophy espoused by his predecessor and mentor, Chief David Couper, focusing on building relationships between officers and community members.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


UPDATED Tuesday, August 6, 2013 --- 3:12 p.m.

Madison Police Chief Noble Wray has announced that he is retiring.

"I love this city, I love this department," Wray said during Tuesday afternoon's announcement. He called it one of his happiest but most difficult days.

Wray says the officer-involved shooting of Paul Heenan in November 2012 and its investigation delayed a retirement he had planned at the beginning of the year.

Wray says because of vacation, his last day will be toward the end of September.


UPDATED Tuesday, August 6, 2013 --- 2:55 p.m.
Posted Tuesday, August 6, 2013 --- 2:23 p.m.

From our news partner, WIBA:

Madison Police Chief Noble Wray is announcing his retirement, at a 3:00 pm news conference Tuesday.

Wray has been with the Madison Police Department since 1984, and Chief since 2004.

Wray grew up in Milwaukee and graduated from UW Milwaukee. His entire law enforcement career has been with the Madison PD. After patrol duty, Wray became the department's first neighborhood officer.


To read Wray's blog, click HERE.

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