WPPD Chief Tim Brinkley retires

West Point Police Chief Tim Brinkley announced his retirement during Tuesday night's meeting of the Board of Selectmen and Mayor
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West Point Police Chief Tim Brinkley gave a letter of resignation to the mayor and Board of Selectman during Tuesday night's board meeting.

The board unanimously accepted Brinkley's resignation. Brinkley's resignation will begin immediately, and he will be using accumulated leave until his retirement begins on January 1, 2018.

"My tenure as chief, although challenging at times, has been an enjoyable and rewarding experience," Brinkley said in his resignation letter. "I will leave with a sense of pride and gratitude to the city of West Point and its citizens for allowing me to serve as chief of police. I wish the city of West Point well in its search for a new Chief of Police."

Mayor Robbie Robinson said Brinkley's retirement had been previously discussed and was not a surprise.

"He had informed me last year that he was going to retire this year because he has a great deal of service to his credit," Robinson said. "He is well beyond his number of years to retire. I hate to see him go. He's a good police chief and good friend, and he is an excellent administrator."

Brinkley said his plans for retirement had been in the works for some time.

"I have plenty of time built up in the Public Employees' Retirement System, and it was time for me to retire," Brinkley said. "Plans to retire have been going on for a while now."

The board unanimously accepted a motion made by Ward 3 Selectman Ken Poole and seconded by Ward 1 Selectman Leta Turner to appoint John Langford as interim chief while the open position is advertised for two weeks.

The board also unanimously accepted a motion by Ward 4 Selectman Keith McBrayer and seconded by Ward 2 Selectman William Binder to declare Brinkley's duty weapon as surplus so it can be presented to him in a ceremony at a later date to be determined at City Hall.

Brinkley said he plans to enjoy his retirement and continue his work as pastor of Mt. Hermon Baptist Church.

"I want to travel and I love to hunt and fish," Brinkley said. "I'm also the pastor of Mt. Hermon Baptist Church, and I want to now spend more time in ministry there."

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