Salina Police Chief Jim Hill announced his retirement today during a media conference.
Hill became Police Chief in January of 1991. He tells KSAL News that after 44-years of wearing a uniform there’s a lot of mixed emotions.
“It’s kind of bittersweet because I have a lot of affection for the department and the great men and women who comprise this department, and for this city,” he said.
“It’s time to retire and turn the ship over to a new captain.”
As Chief Hill reflected over his 22-years in Salina he says one day he’ll never forget – was his trip to the emergency room at Salina Regional Health Center to check on Officer Chuck Huen, who had been shot in the face during a standoff last September.
“He opened his left eye and looked at me, and he said the two greatest words I’ve ever heard – hi boss.” Officer Huen recovered from his wounds and returned to duty in April.
The 64-year-old veteran says he’s looking forward to traveling and working on being a grandpa to his four grandchildren.
Chief Hill indicated he’ll provide some feedback and ideas as City Manager Jason Gage begins a search for a new chief.
Chief Hill’s retirement becomes effective October 1, 2013.