WALKER, La. (AP) — Walker Police Chief Hunter Grimes says he's resigning to take a position with the State Police Bureau of Investigations.

In his letter of resignation, The Advocate reports Grimes recommended to the Board of Aldermen that police Capt. Marliam Lee be appointed interim chief.

If the board concurs, Mayor Bobby Font said Thursday Lee would serve the remaining six months of Grimes' term of office.

The assistant police chief, Lee, who has served on the force for more than 25 years, lost to Grimes in the 2004 election for police chief.

Grimes said his resignation will be effective at midnight June 10.