Ashland City Councilman Greg Lemhouse has resigned from the Medford Police Department to start his own security training and consulting business.

Ashland City Councilman Greg Lemhouse has resigned from the Medford Police Department to start his own security training and consulting business.

Stating his job with MPD had "not been as fulfilling" in the past year, the 17-year veteran police officer on Monday said he'd worked his way up through the ranks as a patrol officer, first serving two years with the Ashland Police Department, then the past 15 at MPD.

The further Lemhouse climbed, the further away from the operational side of police work he became, he said.

"It was not as exciting," Lemhouse said. "We make career changes in our lives. I was looking for some new challenges."

Lemhouse, 38, said he has enjoyed being a public servant, both as a police officer and as a city councilman. He will remain on the Ashland council, to which he was elected in 2008 after unseating Cate Hartzell. He declined to say whether he has higher political aspirations.

"I want to strike out on my own," he said. "And, most of all, I want to spend more time with my wife and my children."