Dozens of community members and leaders came out to a luncheon at Hogansville Senior Center Friday to support Chief Moses Ector and send best wishes on his departure as Hogansville’s police chief.
Members of different organizations of Hogansville spoke giving remarks about Ector’s time as chief.
“Many people had no concept of who or what a police department was… he took a possibility of a police department and made it become a reality of a professional organization,” William Prescott said. “He gave not only his time, but himself.”
Mayor Bill Stankiewicz made remarks on Ector’s role in turning the police department around, saying, “we can’t thank him enough.”
“The only thing that’s left for us to do is to thank Moses from the bottom of our hearts for what he’s done for the city,” he said.
Matt Brass, of the 3rd congressional district spoke on behalf of U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland and presented a letter to Ector from Westmoreland which honored and thanked Ector for his service to Hogansville.
Other speakers included Troup County Sheriff James Woodruff, County Commissioner Buck Davis, and Hogansville senior center director Linda Prescott, who honored Ector with a lifetime membership certificate for the senior center.
Regina Duke of the parks and recreation department presented Ector with the Hogansville Division Award for his time and service as chief.
Ector addressed the crowd and thanked Hogansville for its support, which he called “overwhelming.”
“I couldn’t have asked for a better place to work and a better city council and citizens to work with,” he said. “You all made the job very easy.”
He talked on the need for a functioning police department for Hogansville and his accomplishments for making it an accredited unit. Ector promised the crowd that he would never do anything to embarrass his family or city.
He reflected on a life lesson taught from his grandmothers on serving others.
“Life is not about you, it’s about what you do for others to make them feel better and I took that lesson with me throughout my law enforcement career,” Ector said.
While a new chief has not been selected, Ector urged the Hogansville citizens to demand that a continuation of what the department has put into practice.
Hogansville citizen Bea Ann Jones came out for the luncheon to support Ector’s retirement.
“He’s done so many things for so many people and had the people at his heart,” Jones said.
Clyde Nations shared Jones’ sentiment and said Ector’s accomplishments haven’t impacted just Hogansville, but spread to surrounding communities and the entire state.
Prescott closed out with remarks and said, “All the words we can apply to a leader: integrity, knowledge, courage, decisiveness, dependability, initiative, tact, enthusiasm, endurance, unselfishness, loyalty and judgement; I think [Ector] has met in many ways.”