Police Chief William Kolender has resigned from the department after 32 years to become assistant general manager of the Union-Tribune Publishing Co., it was announced Friday.

"Bill Kolender has for several years expressed an interest in working for our newspapers upon retirement," said Helen Copley, publishers of the San Diego Union and San Diego Tribune newspapers and chairwoman of the Copley Newspapers."We believe he brings to us executive background coupled with a seldom-equaled knowledge of our community."