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Columbiana police chief announces retirement

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COLUMBIANA — After 11 years of service in the city, Police Chief Tim Gladis announced his retirement at Tuesday’s council meeting.

The announcement comes on Election Day as well as the Gladis’ 66th birthday. Being sworn in as a police officer over 40 years ago, the chief said he will be finishing up immediately after the Thanksgiving holiday.

“A very heart-felt thank you to everyone who has helped me, befriended me and supported me as I did my level best to make my small contribution to the safety and quality of life in our community,” Gladis said.

Since assuming command in July of 2009, Gladis was responsible for various officer initiated requests, general improvements to the city, collaborative school initiatives and other areas of improvement.

Gladis said that his tenure in Columbiana has been enhanced by the public-servant style of leadership embraced by the city manager Lance Willard, Mayor Bryan Blakeman and past and present city council members.

“Their support, guidance and friendship is something I will always treasure and appreciate,” Gladis said. “There are many exciting times ahead for the nicest city in America, and I know each of our public officials will do whatever it takes to make Columbiana even better.”

Most recently, Gladis led the police department’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic by implementing various safety protocols.

The mayor, city manager and council members all thanked Gladis for his service and shared memories of serving with him.

slendak@mojonews.com

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