Several people were in downtown Hogansville Saturday afternoon to celebrate Chief Moses Ector’s retirement from the Hogansville police Department.
Assistant Police Chief John Pearson, Sr. was master of ceremony with Ector’s daughter, grandson, former classmate and fellow city employees taking part in the ceremony. St. Paul’s A.M.E in Hogansville, Ector’s church, were the musical guests for the ceremony.
During the ceremony, Mayor Bill Stankiewicz presented Ector with a proclamation entailing some of Ector’s accomplishments since he started as police chief on April 14, 2008. Most notably, Ector led the police department to becoming accredited, making it the smallest force in the state with accreditation. The proclamation states that the Hogansville Police Department building will now be named the Moses Ector Public Safety Center.
“I don’t envy that man having to fill Moses Ector’s shoes,” said Stankiewicz. “In fact, I don’t think it’s possible to fill his shoes.”
Ector thanked the city council, his family, the police department personnel and Pearson, who he credited to helping in the success police department. He also thanked the attendees.
“To come back home to see so many people give up their Saturday evening to come out to this its overwhelming,” he said.
The naming of the Moses Ector Public Safety Center is now one of the best things that has happened to him, Ector said.
“To have something named after me that of my grandchildren and their children’s children can pass by…” he said. “I thought when they named the college program after me that was the greatest thing that’s happened, but this, to be living and to see it done is one of the greatest things that’s happened, other than my wife, Cookie, and the kids.”
Ector is leaving the police department to become director of the Moses Ector Law Enforcement Leadership Academy at Atlanta Metropolitan State College.