BOAZ, Ala. (WHNT) - Boaz Police Chief Terry Davis will retire from his post.
Davis submitted a letter to Boaz city officials explaining his decision to retire, and said it is effective this Saturday, June 1, 2013. Davis wrote in his letter:
"I have truly enjoyed and have been honored to serve as Chief of Police for the City of Boaz for these past 13 years, and have been honored to work for the city for 20 years. I want to explore options in the near future and have as of today submitted my paperwork to the Alabama Retirement System to start drawing on July 1, 2013. The city should be getting info from them to verify my employment this week hopefully.
"I consider you and the council great friends and will always. Please pray for me and my family as this transition period begins for us. I will remove my personal belongings from my office this week and return all city property to Deputy Chief Adams by June 1, 2013."
Davis told WHNT News 19 one possibility that interests him is serving as a school resource officer, but said there are other opportunities he is considering in retirement.
Mayor Tim Walker said he was surprised to receive Davis's resignation letter.
"Terry's been with the department for 20 years. He's been chief for 12 years and served Boaz well. We appreciate his service," Walker said.
"I hate it that he's gone, but at the same time, it's renewed excitement within the department. People are always looking for opportunities to advance and be promoted."
Walker named Deputy Chief Todd Adams as interim chief, and said he will be considered as a candidate for the permanent position. Adams said he hopes the city will appoint him.
"I've enjoyed serving our community for 29 years," Adams said.
"I went up through the ranks; started here in 1984, fresh out of the Air Force, and was promoted from patrolman to sergeant, sergeant to captain, captain to deputy chief."
Adams said he is a bit surprised to be first in command, even if it's only for a few weeks.
"I've enjoyed working with Terry Davis. He and I go way back," Adams said.
"I've been deputy chief for 12 years under him and we've taught each other a lot. He's taught me a whole lot more than I've taught him, just the experience of being around somebody that's been the chief that long," he said.
"Terry was one who would get in your goat if you were wrong, but would also pat you on your back and praise you if you done right or done good. That's what you need and what you expect out of a chief is to be a leader, and lead by example."
Adams said he wants the Boaz community to know the police department is still functioning, to feel confident that they will still get the best police protection available.
"Adams has been on as deputy chief for 12 years so he's very aware of how to run the Boaz Police Department so we will go from there," Mayor Walker said.
"If there's any criminals on the streets in Boaz, they're going to be even in more trouble."
Although he did not know all the reasons for the retirement, Walker said he believes Davis's physical issues contributed to the departure. A drunk-driver rear-ended Davis in January 2012, and he has had multiple neck surgeries in the past year and a half.