Greeneville police chief Terry Cannon retiring after 42 years


A law enforcement career that began in the mid 1970s comes to a close in Greeneville, Tennessee as chief of police Terry Cannon announces his retirement.

Cannon started as a patrolman in 1976 and worked his way through the ranks until his appointment as chief.

March will mark his 10th year as chief.

Before his start in the force, he actually worked in a restaurant.

"I started talking to some police officers and they said 'why don't you come ride with us?' And I went out one afternoon in a ride-along program with them, and the bug bit me! I'd always been very interested in law enforcement," said Chief Cannon.

Greeneville is where he grew up, and is proud to have served his city for so long.

"It's been a rewarding experience," said Chief Cannon.

Captain Tim Ward has worked alongside Chief Cannon for almost 30 years. He says the hallways are never quiet as long as the chief is around.

"There was always police work going on, and he was always making it as fun as possible," said Ward.

The city administrator will pick Chief Cannon's replacement, but Captain Ward says he's irreplaceable.

"He's taught me everything I know, from work ethic to technical aspects on the job, to everything in between. He's the most knowledgeable person in law enforcement that I know," said Ward.

Chief Cannon will officially retire on June 29. He says he plans on spending more time with his family.

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