Parker Police Department Changes

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Parker Parker City Council members said goodbye to the city's longtime Police Chief Tuesday night, and took steps to name his replacement.

Chief Charles Sweatt formally announced his retirement plans during Tuesday night's City Council meeting.

Chief Sweatt started with the city Police Department as a patrol officer thirty two years ago.

He's taking advantage of the state's drop program and has been looking forward to retirement.

Chief Sweatt said, "I'm just gonna travel a little bit to start with. Visit family and relatives for a little while and just take a breather. After 32 years of basically being on call 24/7/365 I'm gonna take a breather and vacation for a little while"

Council members unanimously voted to hire Lieutenant Dennes Hutto as Chief Sweatt's replacement.

Hutto is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and has served with the Parker Police Department for 17 years.

Sweatt has been training him as a replacement for the last three years.

Hutto said "I has just come back off of a call and it was just a real surprise for me...."

Cheif Sewatt then walked up and handed Hutto his badge. After a few moments Lt. Hutto continued, "I don't know, it's like a dream come true honestly, that's why you become a police officer to help people and make a career of it."

Hutto will take over the department on August 31st, when Sweatt officially retires.