Chief Freeman retires after 30 years of servicePublished 12:50pm Thursday, October 25, 2012
A long career of service to the city is ending as Dadeville Police Chief Steve Freeman retires, which will become official Nov. 1.
Freeman began his law enforcement career with the Tallapoosa County Sheriff’s Department in 1983.
“You’ve just got to like it to do it,” Freeman said. “I have enjoyed it.”
After rising to sergeant and chief deputy in the county sheriff’s office, Freeman became the Dadeville chief in 1996.
Freeman said he was proud of the work he had done during his years of service, including achieving the highest level of education available from the Alabama Association of Chiefs of Police, but credited most of his success in the county and city to the people with whom he worked.
“Police are generally a pretty close-knit family,” Freeman said. “We’ll help each other out.”
Freeman said his teamwork with others in his office was the greatest asset he brought to the position.
“I tried to get along with everybody who worked with me,” Freeman said. “If they had problems, we would try to work it out.”
Mayor Mike Ingram said he wanted to thank Freeman for his hard work and dedication.
“He is a great person who I respect, and he has done an excellent job as the chief of Dadeville,” Ingram said. “He has earned and kept the respect of all of his officers, even those who left to go on to other places to work … and the city of Dadeville will not be the same with out him.”
Dadeville City Council voted to appointment Lt. David Barbour as interim chief. Freeman said he thought Barbour would bring a lot of experience to the position, and he wished him good luck.
“I think the council made a good decision, getting David in here,” Freeman said. “He has actually worked for Dadeville longer than I have.”
Barbour will hold the position at least until the new council takes office.
“I just thank the people of Dadeville and the councils and mayors for giving me a chance,” Freeman said. “I wish the best to all of them.”
A representative from the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center presented Freeman with a certificate signed by Governor Robert Bentley at Tuesday’s city council meeting. The certificate read:
“This certificate is awarded in appreciation of your 30 years of faithful service to the state of Alabama and for outstanding work you have done for the Dadeville Police Department and the Tallapoosa County sheriff’s office. You have performed your duties with expertise and professionalism and are to be commended for the service you have provided to the citizens of Alabama.”
Freeman said he is going to relax and enjoy his retirement.
“I’m going to do some hunting and some fishing,” Freeman said. “I live on a pretty good sized place – I’ve got plenty to do to keep me busy up there.”