Assistant Pine Bluff Chief of Police Ivan Whitfield has decided not to retire from the police department as he had indicated earlier he would do.

Assistant Pine Bluff Chief of Police Ivan Whitfield has decided not to retire from the police department as he had indicated earlier he would do.

“After talking to people in the community, my family and co-workers, they encouraged me to stay so I have withdrawn my (retirement) paperwork as of today,” Whitfield said Tuesday afternoon.

Whitfield, who was a candidate for Jefferson County judge and was defeated in a runoff by former Pine Bluff mayor Dutch King last week, had initially planned to retire July 1.

“I’m going to stay at the police department as long as I can be a benefit to the men and women who work there and a be a voice for the community,” Whitfield said. “When I can’t do that anymore, I will look at other options.”

Whitfield has been with the police department for 30 years and has worked in all four divisions of the department during his career. He was promoted to assistant chief by Chief Brenda Davis-Jones last year.