|Henry Reyes, Huntsville's Police Chief, retiring after 28 years with City
Outgoing Chief climbed the ranks of department, Deputy Chief Mark Hudson named successor
HUNTSVILLE, AL (January 22, 2010) - Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle today announced the retirement of Chief of Police Henry Reyes. Reyes has worked with the City of Huntsville for more than 28 years and has served as Chief of Police since 2007. Reyes' retirement is effective May 31, 2010. Deputy Chief Mark Hudson will be named as Acting Chief of Police at that time.
Mayor Battle praised Reyes' work with the City of Huntsville, noting that he has climbed the ranks of the department to reach the Chief of Police position.
"Chief Henry Reyes is the true definition of a public servant," said Mayor Battle. "His years of commitment to this city have included his service as a SWAT Team officer, a Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, Deputy Chief and, finally, Chief of Police.
Chief Henry Reyes also fondly looked back over his storied career.
"I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with the Huntsville Police Department and serving as Chief of Police for the past three years," said Reyes."
In addition to Chief Reyes' work with the Huntsville Police Department, his work as a public servant continues with the Alabama National Guard. Reyes has served as a Colonel with the Alabama Nation Guard since 2003. Reyes' military career began with his service in the United States Marine Corps.
Reyes added "I learned from my military experience that for leaders to be the best they must be trained and mentored by the best."
"The Huntsville Police Department continuously works to serve and protect our city," added Mayor Battle. "Over the years, Chief Henry Reyes has worked tirelessly to meet those objectives and has always done so with class and character. There really aren't enough words to thank him for all he has given to us, his department and his country."
Under Reyes' leadership, the Huntsville Police Department:
Reduced traffic fatalities by 47% and traffic crashes by 33% through the Traffic Crash Reduction Program.
Enhanced technology by adding a digital in-car camera system, an automated traffic citation system, and an automated traffic crash reporting system
Achieved re-accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA)
Expanded Community Policing to include neighborhood initiatives in each Precinct
Huntsville's police department also grew substantially during Chief Reyes' tenure - with more officers protecting Huntsville's streets than at any time in its history.
Mayor Battle added that he expected the successes of the Huntsville Police Department to continue under its next chief.
Deputy Chief Mark Hudson has been named as Acting Chief of Police. Hudson, 50, has worked with the Huntsville Police Department since 1980. Like Reyes, Hudson has also climbed the ranks of the Huntsville Police Department - starting as a uniformed police officer and, now, working his way up to serve as Acting Chief of Police.
"You always hate to lose someone with the character and leadership of Chief Henry Reyes," said Battle. "One of the strengths of our police department is that there is no shortage of character - and I believe the best person to provide that continued leadership will be Deputy Chief Mark Hudson ."
Rex Reynolds, Huntsville's City Administrator, previously served as both Director of Public Safety and as Huntsville Police Chief. Reynolds offered praise to both Reyes and Hudson.
"Chief Reyes was instrumental in the formation of the Department of Public Safety, and has continued to serve our department with the highest of standards. With the Mayor's appointment of Chief Hudson, we will continue to see that high standard of service to the public that is engrained in our department. Hudson has been a consistent and solid leader in our police department for many years and has a passion for law enforcement and our community," said Reynolds.
Details of a retirement event honoring the career of Chief Henry Reyes with the Huntsville Police Department will be released in the near future. Reyes indicated that his decision was based on the "early out" retirement incentive recently approved by the Huntsville City Council for employees with more than 25 years of service.