(PHOTOS) Stone Mountain Police Chief Chancey Troutman retires

Retiring Stone Mountain Chief of Police Chancey Troutman waves to people as he arrives at the gazebo in Stone Mountain Village for a ceremony in his honor on Thursday, April 28, 2022. Photo by Dean Hesse.

Stone Mountain, GA — Stone Mountain honored retiring Chief of Police Chancey Troutman and his 35 years of service to the city during a ceremony on Thursday, April 28.

Chief Troutman officially retires on May 1, 2022.  Patrol Commander Lt. J. R. Westerfield has been named as interim chief while the city searches for a permanent chief of police.

A motorcade of vehicles from several law enforcement agencies in DeKalb County, with Troutman in the lead car behind a pair of motorcycles, travelled through the city’s Shermantown community where the chief hails from, before heading down Main Street with a Georgia State Patrol Honor Guard escort to the gazebo for the ceremony. Troutman said it was a “hard, hard decision” to retire as chief, but he plans to remain active with the police department reserves.

A Georgia State Patrol Honor Guard leads a motorcade of law enforcement vehicles down Main Street in Stone Mountain Village for a ceremony honoring retiring Stone Mountain Chief of Police Chancey Troutman and his 35 years of service to the city on Thursday, April 28, 2022. Photo by Dean Hesse.
Retiring Stone Mountain Chief of Police Chancey Troutman waves as he arrives in a motorcade of law enforcement vehicles for a ceremony in his honor on Thursday, April 28, 2022. Photo by Dean Hesse.
Retiring Stone Mountain Chief of Police Chancey Troutman receives a hug as he arrives at the gazebo in Stone Mountain Village for a ceremony in his honor on Thursday, April 28, 2022. Photo by Dean Hesse.
Stone Mountain police officers T.N. Henley, F. Whitehead and Small lower a flag to be presented to retiring Stone Mountain Chief of Police Chancey Troutman during a ceremony in his honor at the gazebo in Stone Mountain Village on Thursday, April 28, 2022. Photo by Dean Hesse.
Officer F. Whitehead presents a flag to retiring Stone Mountain Chief of Police Chancey Troutman during a ceremony honoring Troutman’s 35 years of service to the city on Thursday, April 28, 2022. Photo by Dean Hesse.
Stone Mountain police officers salute retiring Chief of Police Chancey Troutman after presenting him with a flag during a ceremony honoring Troutman’s 35 years of service to the city on Thursday, April 28, 2022. Photo by Dean Hesse.
Ten-year-old Bryson Harris and his family attended the ceremony in Stone Mountain Village honoring retiring Stone Mountain Chief of Police Chancey Troutman on Thursday, April 28, 2022. Photo by Dean Hesse.
A motorcade of law enforcement vehicles from city of Lithonia, city of Stone Mountain, city of Pine Lake, Stone Mountain Park and DeKalb County agencies travels down Main Street in Stone Mountain Village for a ceremony honoring retiring Stone Mountain Chief of Police Chancey Troutman and his 35 years of service to the city on Thursday, April 28, 2022. Photo by Dean Hesse.
People take videos of a motorcade of law enforcement vehicles as it arrives on Main Street in Stone Mountain Village for a ceremony honoring retiring Stone Mountain Chief of Police Chancey Troutman and his 35 years of service to the city on Thursday, April 28, 2022. Photo by Dean Hesse.
Emily Sanders listens as Telya Brantley from Champion Middle School plays the National Anthem during a ceremony honoring retiring Stone Mountain Chief of Police Chancey Troutman and his 35 years of service to the city on Thursday, April 28, 2022. Photo by Dean Hesse.
DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office Sargent Vu listens during a ceremony honoring retiring Stone Mountain Chief of Police Chancey Troutman in Stone Mountain Village on Thursday, April 28, 2022. Photo by Dean Hesse.
Stone Mountain City Councilmember Chakira Johnson speaks during a ceremony honoring retiring Stone Mountain Chief of Police Chancey Troutman in Stone Mountain Village on Thursday, April 28, 2022. “You will be missed. I will miss you so much. You’ve been a great partner with me in the community over the years and I know you are loved and respected. We will miss you,” Johnson told Troutman. Photo by Dean Hesse.
Retiring Stone Mountain Chief of Police Chancey Troutman speaks during a ceremony in his honor in Stone Mountain Village on Thursday, April 28, 2022. “I remember when I first came here. Chief James B. Rivers hired me, and he taught me not to go out and harass people, he taught me to always treat people right and with professionalism and treat them with kindness. He taught me if somebody don’t have and you have a little bit more, give it to them,” Troutman said. Photo by Dean Hesse.
Jahzzel Brooks talks with Stone Mountain police officer A.K. during a ceremony honoring retiring Stone Mountain Chief of Police Chancey Troutman in Stone Mountain Village on Thursday, April 28, 2022. Photo by Dean Hesse.
Former Stone Mountain mayor Patricia Wheeler hugs retiring Stone Mountain Chief of Police Chancey Troutman during a ceremony honoring Troutman and his 35 years of service to the city in Stone Mountain Village on Thursday, April 28, 2022. Photo by Dean Hesse.
Stone Mountain Police Department Patrol Commander, Lt. J. R. Westerfield with his son J. R. III during a ceremony honoring retiring Stone Mountain Chief of Police Chancey Troutman in Stone Mountain Village on Thursday, April 28, 2022. Westerfield has been named interim chief while the city awaits placement of a permanent chief of police. Photo by Dean Hesse.

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