Spokane police chief, assistant to leave

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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- Spokane's top two police officials will leave the department within the next few months.

The Spokesman Review reports (http://bit.ly/pzDRH6) that both Chief Anne Kirkpatrick and Assistant Chief Jim Nicks will step down from their posts.

Spokesman police Officer Jennifer DeRuwe says 51-year-old Kirkpatrick is sticking to her five-year plan and notified city leaders that she was stepping down, and talked to Mayor Mary Verner about finding a replacement in early 2012.

Nicks say he's retiring after more than 30 years in law enforcement.