Lt. John R. Minock will replace him until a new chief is appointed.

NORTH CANTON  Police Chief Stephan Wilder announced Tuesday morning that he will retire on Friday.

Lt. John R. Minock will replace him until a new chief is appointed.

"As chief of police, one of my goals was to improve communication and accurately inform our community and the general public of various incidents, arrests, and safety concerns occurring in our city," Wilder said in a morning news release.

"While the North Canton Police Department takes extraordinary steps to help create a culture built around safety, caring, and cooperation, we cannot lose sight of the simple fact that no community is immune or completely safe from those individuals committing crimes in our city."

He ends 36 years on the North Canton Police Department, the last five as chief, with a staff of 31.