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Valdosta police chief set to retire Friday, interim police chief will be named

Posted: 5:57 PM, Aug 30, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-30 17:57:00-04
Valdosta police chief set to retire Friday, interim police chief will be named
Valdosta police chief set to retire Friday, interim police chief will be named

VALDOSTA, Ga. (WALB) - Valdosta's Police Chief Brian Childress will retire on Friday. 

Childress says he is leaving his post with a great deal to be proud of.

He focused much of his time as chief on preventing jueveniles from becoming criminals, arresting people who are committing crimes, and helping to rehabilitate those who committed crimes.

Childress says he will miss the people he served with, but he knows he is doing the right thing by retiring. 

"I think sometimes as a leader, we never leave when we're on top. I have absolutely no regrets here. I have done everything in my power here from a technology standpoint, from a policing community standpoint, from a transparency standpoint, from a crime standpoint," said Childress. "I, and my people, have done everything in my power to make this one of the safest cities in the United States, and I think it is." 

Childress says he is not worried about the department, because he has trained good people and he trusts them.

Valdosta will announce the interim police chief on Friday.