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Chief Street announces plans to retire

Staff Writer [email protected]

After more than five years of service to the community, Jonesborough Police Chief Ron Street is retiring from the department effective April 30.

Hired as the chief of police in 2016, Street made his retirement decision official Jan. 4 with a letter to Town Operations Manager Craig Ford.

“The decision comes with some reluctance and some feelings of relief,” Street wrote in the letter to Ford.

Street has retired twice before; this will be his third time. In the past, he served as

Johnson City’s Chief of Police until his retirement from that position in 2003, then eight years as chief deputy under former Carter County Sheriff Chris Mathes before retiring again in 2014.

Jonesborough Mayor Chuck Vest said that Street’s retirement is going to be a big loss for the Town.

“Jonesborough has been blessed by some people with some great experience down here, and for us to have Chief Street for the five-plus years that he’s been here has been a blessing for the town,” Vest said. “Happy to see him doing what we wants to do, but it will be a big loss for our town.”

Vest added that they are currently in the process of finding a replacement.

If the Town of Jonesborough is unable to find a new chief by April 30, Street has indicated that he’d be willing to continue as chief until a new one has been hired.

“I must say that it has been my pleasure to work with some of the finest people during my tenure with the police department these past 5-plus years,” Street said in a letter announcing his retirement. “I will cherish the friendships
I have made here in Jonesborough, with town employees, department heads and supervisors. Certainly, the experience has been one of the highlights of my 43+ years of public service in law enforcement.”