Deane told the Post that he informed his colleagues of his decision to leave the force after 42 years early Wednesday. In the Post article, Deane said he hoped that the Prince William Board of County Supervisors would fill the position with an internal candidate.
Prince William County Police posted on their Facebook page Wednesday that Deane spent 24 years of his career as the chief of police.
Deane's biography on the Prince William County government's website said he has been with the department since its inception in 1970.
"He served 12 years as a criminal investigator and rose through the ranks to Deputy Police Chief in 1985," reads Deane's biography. "He was appointed Police Chief for the Department in 1988. Chief Deane was a Virginia State Police Trooper from 1966 until 1970."