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BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - Boulder Police Chief Mark Beckner, who took over the department in the aftermath of the 1996 JonBenet Ramsey slaying, is retiring.

Beckner said Tuesday he'll step down April 1 after 36 years with the department, 16 years as chief.

Beckner became chief in 1998. His predecessor, Tom Koby, resigned under pressure for making no arrests in the JonBenet case and for his handling of a 1997 riot at the University of Colorado.

It was the second time Beckner stepped into a leadership role amid the fallout of the JonBenet case.

He took over the investigation in October 1997, replacing Cmdr. John Eller. Koby, who was chief at the time, acknowledged problems in the investigation.

Beckner also held the rank of commander at the time. He'd been running the patrol division.

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