Georgiana Police Chief Announces Retirement

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By Catalina Trivino

The city of Georgiana's police chief has announced his retirement after 42 years in the force...

James Blackmon will be retiring as of July 31st.

He's served 28 of those 42 years as police chief and is the successor of his father, Malcolm Blackmon, who served 20 years before that.

He says one of the most dramatic moments in his career was when he was shot in the back of the head after making a traffic stop that resulted in a persuit for a wanted murderer from Florida back in the 1980's.

Blackmon says it's his passion for helping that has kept him going...

"And the city... is the people of Georgiana and it's all about helping the people. Even though you can't help everybody all the time, as long as you put forth the effort to try, the people will appreciate it. And to me, it's helping the people," Said Blackmon.

 

Blackmon says he'll volunteer with the city after he retires.

Assistant Chief, Isaac Ward has been appointed as acting chief.



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