Gaffney police chief announces retirement

GAFFNEY, SC (WSPA) -- The city of Gaffney's top cop will soon hand in his badge. 

Police Chief Richard Turner is retiring after more than three decades with the department. Chief Turner says he'll work until the end of the year. He has worked his way up the ranks and describes his service as sometimes stressful but always gratifying. Those are the memories he'll reflect on for years to come.

News of his retirement traveled fast.

"He wants to enjoy more time with his family. My hats off to him I congratulate the man for a successful career. It's time for him to enjoy a less stressful life," said David Chapman, a former police officer.

Chapman says he understands the need for change after years of law enforcement.

"After 30 years you see a lot. You want to give other people the opportunity to go there and do it," Chief Turner said.

As his tenure comes to close, there's still work to be done for his department.

Officers continue to investigate the murders of 18-year-old Jasmine McGill and 8-year-old Kamryn Bradley.

Chief Turner will be working hard on those cases, until he retires at the end of the year.

"It has been an honor to serve this community it has been an honor to serve the side some of the best men and women in law enforcement here at this department," he said.

December 31 is Chief Turners last day.

City leaders have started the process of choosing the next Gaffney police chief.


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