Henderson lawman will retire after 40 years of service

Monday, July 21, 2014 - 5:50pm

One longtime East Texas lawman will be hanging up his holster at the end of the month.

When the sun goes down on July 31st, don't expect a big sendoff for Henderson Police chief Ronnie walker

"I don't need a big reception and a big party.  I want to spend time with the people who work here and what we'll share will be private and amongst us, that's what means a lot to me," said Walker.

Walker has served as chief of police in his hometown for more than five years, but joined the department in 1999.

But before that he served as a detective in Kilgore, a deputy for the Rusk County Sheriff's Office, and got his start back in 1974, as a midnight patrol officer in Tyler.

"I learned different things at every department, I think it probably helped my career by just different ways to do things, and different locations, and dealing with different people," said Walker.

wWlker is a lifetime lawman, who loves being apart of the force, but before anyone has to tell him, he wants to be the one who decides when to hang up the badge.

"I felt like I wanted to go on my terms and not somebody else's, so I said it's time to go home," said Walker.

So yes, chief Walker's days as a lawman are soon drawing to a close, but he leaves with 40 years worth of memories, and the satisfaction of a job well done.

"When I walk out the door for the last time, I'll hold my head up high, no regrets."

Law enforcement also runs in the family, Walker's son, Justin Walker, currently serves a Rusk County Sheriff's Office Sergeant .

Deputy chief James Pierson will serve as Henderson's interim police chief.

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