The Hinesville Police Department has experienced some major changes recently, including bidding one long-time and dedicated officer adieu. Maj. Chris Reid celebrated his upcoming retirement at the city’s police department Wednesday afternoon.
Reid joined the department when he was 23 years old, he said, when there were only 10-12 uniformed officers patrolling the city’s streets. Reid’s career grew with the department, and for the past six months he served as interim Assistant Police Chief until his retirement, Chief of Police Bill Kirkendall said.
“We retire our personnel at the highest rank they achieved while working, and since he served as an assistant major, we’re presenting him with honorary major,” Kirkendall said. “He’s often been a sounding board, and I’ve continuously sought his guidance.”
Reid received a retirement certificate and retirement badge from Kirkendall, as well as his final paycheck from Mayor Allen Brown.
“We appreciate everything you’ve done for the department,” Brown said. Councilmember Keith Jenkins echoed the sentiment.
“On behalf of the mayor, council and the city of Hinesville, job well done,” he said.
Detective Tracey Howard praised Reid, describing the pivotal role he played in the department. Howard said that Reid was “truly a brother,” but also played the devil’s advocate. Reid had the ability to see situations from other perspectives, according to Howard.
“Not only has Reid been a true guardian of the city, he’s been a public servant,” Howard said.
Reid said a few words after everyone had spoken on his behalf, divulging some advice he learned while in law enforcement, as well as expressing his gratitude. He said he spent a lot of time listening, and he’s okay with that.
“I care more about what you do than what you say,” Reid said. “You can’t learn if you do all the talking.”
Reid extended his thanks to his co-workers at the department, as well as his friends, family and the community who attended the party.“I thank you for the opportunities given to me,” Reid said. “And I thank you for helping me celebrate.”