LYNN HAVEN, Fla. - Tuesday afternoon was a day many with the Lynn Haven Police Department had been dreading. It was the last day for Police Chief David Messer. After more than 40 years of public service, he decided it was time to step down.
"It's a privilege and a respectful thing to do for a chief who has put his time and years of experience that he has given to us," said Lt. Brian Blalock. "We're just giving a little bit back."
It's wasn't the time he spent at the department his employees measured but rather the measure of impact he's had in a decades-long career.
"He gave me a chance," said Sgt. Sheri Hernandez. "He's believed in me."
She said it was the simple things like bringing in boiled peanuts for staff or offering up a piece of advice.
"Being a cop is a calling that you just have to answer," said Major Matthew Riemer. "He said every pot has to have a lid. And his lid was on this department."
Chief Messer said of the department, "I'd say I love them. I respect them and I wish them luck."
With a police escort fit for a leader, newly retired Chief Messer rode home for the final time.
The interim chief for the department is Major Matthew Riemer.
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