TRUMANN, Ark. (KAIT) - After 20 years as a law enforcement officer, Trumann Police Chief Chadwick Henson said Monday he is stepping down.
Henson says that he has had a great past two decades in law enforcement, but now, he plans to pursue a career in the private sector.
“It’s just too good of an opportunity for me to pass up,” Henson said.
“The next four weeks, it’s going to be a lot of goodbyes. A lot of sadness. I told the department this morning, and it was tough,” he said.
Out of those 20 years served, Henson has been the police chief for eight and a half.
His final day is December 31, but he’s not done serving law enforcement yet. Henson has built a database company called departmentware.com.
It’s designed to help train new officers virtually. He says it has taken off in the past six months, and it’s an opportunity worth pursuing that he cannot pass up.
Though Henson is excited about the next chapter in his life, he says it’s bittersweet to say goodbye.
“I can not thank this department or this city more than I’m saying right now. I have enjoyed every second of it. I have met lifelong friends here. I’ve met brothers and sisters here,” Henson said.
Henson says he plans to return to law enforcement again at some point in his life. He’s unsure at what capacity.
Trumann Mayor Barbara Lewallen will announce the new chief of police within the next few weeks.
Henson says he looks forward to training and passing along all of his knowledge to the new chief.
His last day will be Thursday, Dec. 31.
“Although I am a chief executive officer bound to an office chair, I felt that I was part of a team making a small difference and I tried to carry some of their load,” Henson stated. “The men and women in this police department treated me with the greatest respect and allowed me to be a part of this team. I will leave a piece of my soul with the men and woman of the Trumann Police Department.”