By Alton Mitchell
There are some big changes taking place at the Chambers County Sheriff’s Department in the way of promotions and retirements. During a ceremony on Monday evening at the Chambers County Courthouse a long list of personnel adjustments at the Sheriff’s Department were announced before members of the Chambers County Commission.
As the ceremony began on Monday three deputy correctional officers were recognized and presented with certificates for their successful completion of the Alabama Jail Training Academy. The three candidates to successfully complete the program included Correctional Officers Zackary Chistian, Eric Horne, and David Burroughs. Each of the men were presented with a certificate announcing their successful completion before the Chambers County Commission.
The next recognition came with a sadder note, a familiar face at the Chambers County Sheriff’s Department and Courthouse announced his retirement. Captain Robert Findley, who has served with the Chambers County Sheriff’s Department for 25 years was recognized for his years of service and presented with a plaque for his years of service with the agency.
At the request of Sheriff Sid Lockhart members of the Chambers County Commission approved a resolution that allowed Captain Findley to keep his weapon and badge upon his retirement. Alabama State law was passed several years ago that allows law enforcement officers in the state to have their weapon and badge presented to them upon their retirement if they have completed at least 25 years of service. Many members of the County Commission were saddened to hear of the retirement of Findley. Commissioner David Eastridge said, “I always remember you as grinning and smiling when I see you. You will be missed.”
As members of the sheriff’s department learned of the retirement of Findley it was time to promote officers to fill the void left by Findley. On Monday, two deputies were promoted in the same ceremony before the Chambers County Commission. The first promotion went to Deputy Caleb Calhoun. Calhoun was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. He is filling the position of Sgt. Carey T. High who was promoted to the position of Lieutenant. Both men were presented with their badges and certificate by their spouses at the ceremony.
Before ending the ceremony, Captain Findley thanked the Chambers County Commission for all they do and their ability to work together as great team to get things done for the residents of Chambers County. “There is not place like working for Chambers County,” explained Findley.