Bedford, VA - Bedford Police Chief Jim Day is retiring. Day, 62, turned in his notice to Town Manager Charles Kolakowski last Wednesday. His last day on the job will be September 30.
Day's retirement will end his 34 year career in law enforcement. He was hired as chief in Bedford in 2006, after 26 years with the Roanoke Police Department. Day was the Deputy Chief in Roanoke under Chief Joe Gaskins.
In a phone interview Monday, Day said he feels he is leaving the department in good shape. The department was re-accredited twice under Day.
During his time as chief, pay and career enhancement opportunities were improved, while the department dealt with a 17% staff reduction because of budget constraints. Under last year's reversion from city status, the department gained new territory for officers to cover. Day also started the department's bike patrol.
Day said he is staying in the area to be close to his grandchildren. He plans to do more volunteer work with Agape Ministries in Moneta and go on missions trips with his church.