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March 6, 2014

White Springs police chief gets grand retirement send-off

Jasper — Retiring White Springs Police Chief Kenneth Brookins got a surprise send-off on Wednesday, Feb. 26 inside town council chambers with friends, family and coworkers in attendance to say goodbye to their police chief of six years.

Brookins official retirement date was March 3 and his last day on the job was Wednesday, Feb. 26. Mayor Helen Miller presented Brookins with a beautiful desktop plaque complete with the American flag and bald eagle to honor his loyal and dedicated service to the town of White Springs.

“We love you, we’re going to miss you, and you can come back anytime,” said Miller. “But just don’t give any speeding tickets to anybody,” she added, with a chuckle.

Brookins promised not to give out any speeding tickets and would just come back for a visit.

“It’s been a fun six years,” Brookins said to the crowd. “I think I put in my letter, it was a perfect crown to a perfect career. It couldn’t get any better,” he added, getting choked up a bit.

Newly appointed Police Chief Tracy Rodriquenz, who is replacing Brookins, was noticeably emotional as she spoke of Brookins.

“I’ve been here through the worst of times, I’ve been here in the best of times, and I have to say that is this time, right now,” said Rodriquenz. “He wasn’t only a chief. He was a partner, friend, a confidante, and as much as I say I’m going to miss him, I’m not, because I know where the hell he lives,” she added, which drew laughter from everyone.

Town Manager Bob Farley said, “Chief, I’ve worked under quite a few police chiefs in my past, and I want to say you are far superior to those I have worked under. I really have enjoyed working with you. Your loyalty and trust to the citizens of White Springs is phenomenal and we greatly appreciate it.”

Someone in the audience piped up, “Y’all are gonna keep on and he ain’t gonna retire,” to which Brookins’ wife responded, “Oh, yes, he is.”

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