Chief Ron Tyler Takes Over Florence Police Department

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FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT)  The Florence Police Department will be under new leadership.

Long-time chief, Rick Singleton retired.  Ron Tyler was sworn in during a changing of the guards ceremony.

Singleton spent his last day inside the Florence Police Department, saying his goodbyes.

‘I’ve been a little lost today, trying to find myself around, they`ve already kicked me out of my office,” laughed Singleton.

Singleton says it’s a bittersweet day, but a day that opens doors to a new beginning.

“No regrets, I`ve had a great career.  I`ve been blessed, I`ve had opportunities I only dreamed of as a young man and it’s been a good ride,” said Singleton.

During the ceremony, Ron Tyler takes over as police chief.

“It is an exciting day for the police department, it’s exciting for the men and women, certainly exciting for me,” said Tyler.  

The average police chief stays in office for just three years but Singleton served the department in that capacity for nearly 16. 

As Tyler’s first official duty as police chief, he give Singleton a standing ovation.

An honor for a leader Tyler says set the department up for success.

“I could not have scripted the situation better for him leaving me a police department in good shape, it`s exciting as far as that goes.  I`m taking over a great situation,” said Tyler.

Tyler served as a training officer for several years with the Florence Police Department, before being promoted to chief.