After nearly 40 years in policing and 28 years of service to the Dalton Police Department, today is the last day on the beat for Assistant Chief Truman Whitfield. The department marked Chief Whitfield’s last day with a low-key gathering in the department’s roll call room Friday afternoon in accordance with his request not to have a larger, more public send-off.
Before coming to the Dalton Police Department, Chief Whitfield served as a deputy with the Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office. After joining the DPD, Chief Whitfield served in many different capacities as a patrol officer, investigator, and a supervisor. He was promoted to the rank of assistant chief in October 2009.
“For the last six years he has served admirably, and has quietly achieved so many things that improved the service our citizens receive, and the safety and well-being of our officers,” said Chief Jason Parker. “As the police department’s administrators, he and I have navigated some good times, some tough times, and everything in between, and I wouldn’t take any of it back.”
At Friday afternoon’s gathering, Captain Tom Phillips presented Chief Whitfield with a framed folded American flag that flew over the Dalton Police Services Center. Chief Parker presented Chief Whitfield with a gift from the rest of the command staff, a Go Pro video camera.
Chief Whitfield thanked the gathering of officers and department employees and wished them well, vowing to still be a vocal supporter of the department in his retirement.
The men and women of the Dalton Police Department wish Truman the very best in his retirement and offer sincere congratulations on an exemplary career.
Below: Retiring Assistant Chief Truman Whitfield; Chief Whitfield cuts his cake at Friday afternoon's ceremony; The DPD Command Staff (from L to R) Captain Tom Phillips, Captain Cliff Cason, Lt. Chip Whitfield, Assistant Chief Truman Whitfield, Chief Jason Parker (to see more pictures from Friday afternoon's ceremony, click here to see a gallery on the DPD Facebook page)