PALMETTO -- Rex Hannaford, a staple with the Palmetto Police Department, was recognized Saturday at his retirement party following 25 years of service.
"He's been a mainstay at the Palmetto Police Department for 25 years," said Chief Rick Wells. "He's active in the community and well-loved by so many."
Hannaford joined the force as an officer in 1987. He was promoted to sergeant in 1996 and lieutenant in 2000. He worked his way to deputy chief/captain in 2009.
"He was a big help to me when I started," Wells said. "He brought me up to speed and helped adopt philosophies I had. He helped me get involved and made it very easy for my transition."
During his tenure, Hannaford worked in the patrol, narcotics and criminal investigations divisions. He was also in charge of administrative operations.
Former Lt. Scott Tyler was promoted to the deputy chief/captain position and officially began his new role Oct. 2. The position is second-in-command at the station.
"I look forward to my new role as deputy chief and I intend to work toward Chief Wells' commitment to
community policing," said Tyler, who has been with Palmetto Police for almost 18 years and held numerous positions.
Wells said community policing is emphasized by the police department because Palmetto is a small town.
"Scott has been extremely active in all different aspects of the community, and he will be a great fit," Wells said.
Tyler plans to use his background of community policing and crime prevention to continue Hannaford's work in moving the police department in a positive direction.
"I'm proud of the city, my agency, and the men and women that work there, and I know that our collective commitment will lead to greater success in the upcoming years," Tyler said.
Elizabeth Johnson, Herald crime reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7041. Follow her on Twitter @EJohnsonBHcrime.