Henderson police chief announces retirement

May. 03, 2013 @ 04:11 PM

Friday morning, Henderson City Manager Ray Griffin announced Keith Sidwell would retire as police chief for the city.

The Dispatch will have more reaction later on hendersondispatch.com, and in Saturday’s print edition.

The following is the press release:

I am saddened to advise you that Police Chief Keith L. Sidwell has announced his intention to retire from the City of Henderson, effective 31 May 2013.

Chief Sidwell was appointed as Police Chief by former City Manager Jerry Moss in November 2006, and started work with the City on 10 January 2007. He has performed in an exemplary manner throughout his entire tenure and has helped develop the Police Department into a stronger and more professional department than it previously was. He has striven to form effective partnerships with many groups within the community, including the media, property owners and managers, utility and service providers, and community watch organizations.

Additionally, he has partnered with Federal and State law enforcement agencies to effectively prosecute career criminals in Federal Court in order to ensure they would be taken off the streets in order to make our community safer. Through all of these efforts and the hard work of the Chief and Henderson Police Officers and personnel, the city’s crime rate has decreased in each of the previous three years.

I have worked with many police chiefs since I began my career in city management. Please rest assured that Chief Sidwell is one of the strongest, most professional and effective Chiefs with whom I have ever worked. His many contributions to the City of Henderson, Henderson Police Department and citizens are acknowledged and greatly appreciated. He leaves big shoes to fill and he will be missed by many. It is with a great deal of respect and admiration for Chief Sidwell that I wish him godspeed.

Now begins the task of transition. I will make an interim appointment in the near future. Additionally, I will develop a strategy for the recruitment and selection process for the next Chief.