Members of the Dalton Police Department honored Lt. Mike Key on Friday afternoon as he prepares to retire after 27 years of service with the agency. Lt. Key, who currently serves at the Division Commander of the Criminal Investigations Division, officially retires on Monday.
Lt. Key joined the Dalton Police Department in 1985 and began his service as a patrol officer, rising through the ranks of sergeant and lieutenant and later managing the Patrol Division as Division Commander. Lt. Key also served a turn as Division Commander of Support Services, but the majority of his service to the Dalton Police Department came in the Criminal Investigations Division. In 21 years as a detective, undercover drug investigator and later as Division Commander, Lt. Key was credited with ridding Dalton and other areas of the country of major drug distributors. He was also instrumental in the condemnation and closing of two major community nuisance locations that were contributing to the drug trade in Dalton.
The Dalton Police Department wishes Lt. Key well in his retirement.
Below: Scenes from Lt. Key's retirement reception at the Dalton Police Services Center (to see more pictures, click here to visit a photo gallery on the DPD Facebook page)