Pine Valley fans, get ready for a new police chief. Soaps.com has learned that Charles Parnell, Derek, is leaving All My Children! Charles took over the role from William Christian in 2005.

Late in 2007, he took a hiatus from the role to star in a play; he returned as Derek during the end of the Zach and Greenlee bomb-shelter storyline.

While the role of Derek has never been front-burner, he has always been well-liked by fans.