A large crowd gathered in front of the Hogansville Police Department Thursday afternoon to witness the renaming of the building to the Moses Ector Public Safety Center.
“This is the most people I’ve seen in Hogansville since I’ve been here,” joked new police Chief Brian Harr, who hosted the ceremony. “I haven’t seen this many people like this at a council meeting.”
Hogansville city officials decided early this year to dedicate and rename the building in honor of retired chief Moses Ector, who left the police department in March after six years and brought the department to accreditation.
Harr thanked Ector for giving him a “great place to come into and be successful,” though he admitted filling Ector’s shoes may be tough.
“When I was asked to take this position, I had to do a lot of background and I was told I was filling some very, very, very big shoes,” Harr said. “I don’t know if that’s possible, but I’m going to give it a great try. The agencies I’m from has always been committed to excellence and I intend to carry that forward, along with his deeds that he’s done in the past and his programs that he has.”
Mayor Bill Stankiewicz explained to the crowd why the city chose to rename the building after Ector.
“Moses did not build this building, but what Moses did do was he built the police department from the ground up,” Stankiewicz said. “From what it was to what it is now, a certified police department, of which every citizen in this city is proud. Proud of the department and proud of Moses. It has been one of the honors of my life to have known and worked with Moses Ector.”
Ector thanked all attendees, whom included former colleagues from the Georgia Bureau of Investigations, Fulton County law enforcement officials, Troup County officials, Atlanta Metropolitan State College, and Hogansville residents and friends.
Ector commented on the building’s meaning and significance to him and his endeavors.
“This means a great deal to me, but not just for me, but for every child that walks the streets of Hogansville who was like me when I grew up very poor,” Ector explained. “For every child that walks the street that has never met or seen their father, but has the determination that, ‘I can make it.’ This is what this building means. It means serving others.”