Hickory Police Chief Tom Adkins is retiring June 30.
“I am so thankful that I was given the opportunity to serve the citizens of Hickory and work with the men and women of the Hickory Police Department,” Adkins said in a news release. “Hickory is very fortunate to have such a dedicated group of professionals serving as their police department.”
Adkins joined the department as a patrol officer in 1987 and rose to deputy chief and acting chief. He has been police chief since 2007.
A career highlight was helping start community policing in the early 1990s, he said.
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“Tom has been an integral member of city staff and has led his department with integrity and humility,” City Manager Mick Berry said. “He leaves our community stronger and safer, and his legacy will continue through HPD’s excellent service to our citizens.”