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Jason Dombkowski unsure of his future as WL Police Chief

Jason Dombkowski is taking the rest of the year to decide whether he will return as chief of the West Lafayette Police Department.

Posted: Nov 13, 2018 7:00 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Jason Dombkowski went on unpaid administrative leave in July to concentrate on his campaign for Tippecanoe County Sheriff. However, he lost that race to Democrat Bob Goldsmith by 263 votes last week.

Now, he has asked Mayor John Dennis to extend his leave until the end of the year. 

Dombkowski said he is thankful West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis is still offering him the position.

This would be Dombkowski's 25th year with the department.

"And there may be some more to do there," said Dombkowski. "But at this time, I just really want to take a step back. We are a week removed from a two year campaign."

Dombkowski said if he does take the position, he believes he and Goldsmith with work well together as neighboring department leaders.

He said he isn't sure what else he would do if he decides not to take the position.

But he will remain President of the Indiana Association of Chiefs of Police until the end of this year.

Dombkowski is wanting to make his family a big part of the final decision. He said the whole campaigning process was tough on them.

"The West Lafayette Police Department is near and dear to my heart," said Dombkowski. "I'm honored to be asked to return as chief of police and we will make that decision together."

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