DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Steve Parrish has worked for the Dothan Police Department for 36 years, with the last five as the Chief.
After staying for many more years than he had planned to, he decided it was time for him to take some deserved time off.
“When you’re part of an organization for so long, you really develop a love for the organization and it’s difficult to walk away from that,” Parrish said. “Ever since 2006, I’ve been able to retire, but I’ve stayed beyond that because I love what I do.”
Parrish has truly seen many advancements in the department, whether watching his officers rise in rank or watching technological advancements.
Many city officials are sad to see him go but grateful for the work he has done.
“On a personal level, I’m very sorry to see Steve go,” City Manager Kevin Cowper said. “He’s a great police chief, and we will miss his leadership for sure, but at the same time, I’m happy for him.”
Parrish said that he had a great run but is ready to move on and knows the department will be just fine.
“My job is to keep the ship on the right course until that decision is made and hopefully that will be later than March 1, but I may give them until April 1, but I’m ready,” Parrish said. “I haven’t been fishing in five years. I would like to try that, see if I remember now.”