DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — WDHN has learned that Dothan Police Chief Steve Parrish will be retiring from his position.
Parrish reportedly sent out a memo announcing his retirement to the department. You can read it below:
Parrish has been the chief of police for five years, having been appointed for in 2015. He has been with the department since 1984.
In response to the news, the City of Dothan released the following statement:
In a memo provided to the City Manager, Kevin Cowper, today, Dothan Police Chief Steve Parrish
announced his retirement.
Chief Parish has served in the Dothan Police Department since 1984 and rose to the rank of Chief of Police in May 2015. Chief Parrish is a 1980 graduate of Dale County High School and is a veteran of the United State Air Force where he served as a military police officer, achieving the rank of Staff Sergeant.
In 1984, he began his employment with the Dothan Police Department as a Detention Officer. Upon his selection as a police officer, he worked for several years as a patrol officer and was eventually transferred to the Vice/Narcotics Division where he worked as an Investigator.
Parrish was promoted to the rank of Police Sergeant in 1990 and served as the department’s first K-9 handler. In 1994, he was promoted to the rank of Police Lieutenant and served as a patrol squad commander before returning to the Vice/Narcotics Division as the commanding officer. Parrish was promoted to Captain in 2000 and commanded multiple bureaus over the next ten years.
In 2010, he was promoted to Police Major and served as the operational commander of all bureaus as the Assistant Chief of Police. In 2015, Parrish was appointed Chief of Police by the Dothan City Commission.
City Manager, Kevin Cowper, expressed his thoughts on Chief Parrish’s retirement by stating, “Chief Parrish’s service to the City of Dothan has been exemplary. Dothan is a better and safer community due in no small part to his service. He will be sorely missed, but he has certainly earned his retirement from service”.
Mayor Mark Saliba also commented on the announcement by saying, “Chief Parrish has been a champion of this City’s safety and well being for many years. I certainly want to congratulate Chief Parrish and wish him well as he enters retirement. Dothan is a better place because of his dedication and service”.
Chief Parrish has agreed to remain on-duty to assist in the process of identifying a new Chief of Police. The search for Chief Parrish’s replacement will begin immediately.
The City of Dothan would like to thank Chief Parrish for his 36 years of service and to wish him well in his well-deserved retirement.
Allie O’Connor will have a complete report in our evening newscasts.