Scottsboro Police Chief Ralph Dawe said on Friday morning he plans to retire in the next few months.

“I will be retiring this summer, on or before June 1,” said Dawe.

After retiring, Dawe said he plans to seek election to the Scottsboro City Council, Place 1 in August.

“With your support, I will be excited to start a new chapter in my public service career and to continue to serve all the citizens of Scottsboro,” said Dawe.

A third generation law enforcement officer, following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, Dawe made his way from Hawaii, where he was born, to Scottsboro in 1988. A year later, in 1989, he began his career at Scottsboro Police Department.

Dawe rose in the ranks through the years before being named police chief in 2006.

“I’ve been a police officer in this city since 1989 and will retire with 31 years of service,” said Dawe. “I have been working in police administration in Scottsboro for the past 21 years and have extensive experience in training and leadership, employment management, budgets, policies and federal and state laws.”

Dawe said, with the support of citizens, past and present city leaders and his command staff, improvements to the police department and its services have been made considerably.

Dawe said he doesn’t plan to sit during retirement.

“I intend to continue to offer my service to the people in the capacity of a Scottsboro City Council member,” said Dawe. “I am very well versed of all city operations, its finances and would like to use my ideas to continue to improve city operations and services to all our citizens.”

Throughout his career, Dawe said he is honored to have earned the respect and support of citizens, city and county elected officials, business owners and city employees.

“To all those that know my capabilities and character, I humbly as for your support on election day, Aug. 25,” said Dawe. “If you would like to contact me to discuss any issues or concerns you may have, please contact me at 256-599-3433, and I will gladly meet with you.”

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