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Steve Parrish is retiring as Dothan police chief

He has agreed to remain on the job until a replacement is named.
Published: Nov. 5, 2020 at 10:32 AM CST
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) -Dothan Police Chief Steve Parrish has announced his retirement that will end a 36 year law enforcement career.

He rose through the ranks, beginning as a jail officer in 1984 and ascending to the top when, in 2015, he became chief. “I love what I do,” Parrish said, but also admitting the time to step down has arrived.

Approaching 60, the father of two would like to spend more time with his family and not be tied to the demands of the job. There are also financial implications. Parrish said he basically works for nothing since his state retirement will nearly equal his salary.

That, he said, does not make leaving easier. “I love this department like its part of family," crediting command staff, officers, and support personnel with his success.

During his tenure as chief, a new state-of-the-art regional public training center has been constructed. Parrish, a major cog in that process, gives the credit to others including Wiregrass Foundation, an agency that funded the multi-million dollar project.

He also spearheaded the creation of Dothan Police Foundation, a non-profit agency. “We use that money for the pro-life animal services program, the community first program and police officer education and training,” Parrish told WTVY.

Also on the drawing board is a new, and desperately-needed, animal shelter, something that Parrish hopes to stay involved in following his retirement.

Parrish has agreed to remain on the job until a replacement is named, likely during the first few months of 2021.

A decision whether to promote internally or advertise nationally has not been made, per Dothan City Spokesperson Vincent Vincent.

(This story has been updated to include quotes from Chief Parrish and other information.)

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