As of last week (February 21), I retired from the Hunter Police Department (Department of the Army Police) after ten years as Chief of Police. This was my second law enforcement career as I have already retired from the Savannah-Chatham PD after 27 years. All of it has been interesting and I have taken away much more than I left.
There have been highs and lows but, I have no complaints. I have been able to train with some of the best in the world and I had the honor of leading a group of men and women who put it on the line daily. I had phenomenal mentors who tried their best to keep me between the lines and they will never know who much I respect them and appreciate their wisdom.
When I began work at Hunter, I made it a habit to post the obituaries of the officers and friends that have influenced me over the years – most of them Police Officers. When I was packing up, I realized my entire bulletin board was covered - too many good people gone and many too soon. As I took them down, I looked at each one and enjoyed a moment of reflection as each told a story or held a special memory for me. I only hope I can live up to their examples. RIP
My wife has asked several times if I was sad about leaving. I said no … I won’t miss the bureaucratic morass that is the US Army, but I will miss my Officers and MPs.
I’m also not sad because I have found a new home!! I’ll save the details for another time but I will say I’ll be getting to do more training for law enforcement and still be wearing a badge!!
To another adventure!!
BE SAFE • BE EFFECTIVE • BE READY