VALDOSTA, Ga. (WTXL) - The Valdosta Police Chief is retiring from the City of Valdosta after 18 years of service.
Chief Brian Childress will retire from the City of Valdosta, effective Sept. 1, after serving as a law enforcement officer for more than 30 years.
“I have been provided an opportunity in early 2019 that I can’t walk away from. It is an opportunity that allows me to serve the greater law enforcement community while still living in Valdosta, which has become my family’s hometown,” said Chief Childress in a press release. “I don't have the words to say nor to express how much I appreciate each of you. The support you all have provided me, my wife and children, and your police department have been incredible.”
Chief Childress joined the Valdosta Police Department as a lieutenant in 2001, was promoted to captain in 2004, and named commander in 2007.
He was appointed Chief of Police in 2013 and under his leadership, VPD has seen lower crime rates and higher crime clearance rates than compared to the national average.
“We are very fortunate to have had a professional of Chief Childress' caliber leading the men and women of the Valdosta Police Department. His outstanding work and reputation, his loyalty and dedication, and his demonstrated ability to work effectively with all citizens has taken VPD to new levels as far as community policing and department standards,” said Mark Barber, Valdosta City Manager. “I have had the pleasure of working with Brian for many years now at the City of Valdosta and his commitment to the men and women of the Valdosta Police Department and the citizens of Valdosta makes him stand out as a leader. Valdosta wishes him the very best.”
City officials have not yet indicated who will be taking over the position for Childress.