(La VERGNE TN) At Thursday (8/27/2020) night’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen workshop, La Vergne Police Chief Mike Walker announced plans to retire effective September 7, 2020.
Chief Walker was sworn-in as chief in August of 2011. He was recently retired from the Tennessee Highway Patrol after serving there for 33 years and earning the rank of colonel.
Walker said, “The nine years I have spent with you have been some of the best of my life… [this job] has given me the opportunity to work along-side some of the best and most competent law enforcement professionals I have ever known.”
La Vergne Mayor Jason Cole noted, “It breaks my heart to see him go, but we all have lives to live and families to love on. I wish nothing but the best and will cherish the time we’ve had together over the years.”
La Vergne City Administrator Bruce Richardson commented, “Chief Walker will be greatly missed. He is an outstanding leader and has had a tremendous impact on everyone in the city, including me. He has made many needed changes to the police department over the years and the city is much better because of it. We will begin the process of choosing an interim chief to lead the department through this transition period.”
In September of 2010, Walker retired as the Colonel from the Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) after 33 years of service. As the top officer of the state police, he managed 899 sworn troops and 125 civilians. In addition, Walker was responsible for preparing and managing annual budgets in excess of $100 million on behalf of the THP.
In addition, Walker implemented the federally mandated commercial drivers license issuance for the state of Tennessee, recognized then as a model program by the Federal Highway Administration. Outside of his police work, he helped to build a new volunteer fire department for the city of Dunlap outside of Chattanooga.
When the Olympics were held in Atlanta in 1996, Walker was in charge of security for the canoe and kayak events. He was sworn in as a Georgia State Lieutenant so he could formally escort the athletes to Atlanta for the Opening Ceremony. Walker also handled security during Tennessee’s Bicentennial where Tennessee Treasures were displayed across the state. Before accepting this position, Walker served as the Director of Public Works for the city.
Walker, his wife Vicki, and their children have lived in La Vergne since 2003. He accepted the position because he felt he could make a positive difference in the community. He quoted “CHiPS” actor Robert Pine, “What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others in the world remains, and is immortal.”