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Plano's longtime city engineer, public works chief John McGinnis retiring

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Plano is losing another longtime city department head.

John McGinnis, city engineer and director of public works, told council members Monday night that he will be retiring in November after 35 years with the city. He gave no details but said he is announcing it in time for officials to start looking for a replacement.

Last July, Steve Eaves announced that he was retiring after 30 years in the police department, 27 of them as chief. He was replaced by Lt. Jonathan Whowell.

In other business, Whowell is seeking council approval to hire an additional police officer. The council will consider the request during a special meeting set for next Monday, Sept. 19, at 6 p.m. If approved, this would bring the number of uniformed officers with the department up to 20.

Whowell also will ask the council to hire an additional officer to fill a vacancy created when he was named chief earlier this year.

Whowell said there is an urgency in getting the two new patrolmen hired because the next police training academy will start soon and he wants the new officers to attend the next session.

If the new hires are approved, the new officers will be introduced and sworn in at the Monday meeting by Mayor Bob Hausler.