Foley Police Chief David Wilson announces retirement

By Jessica Vaughn
Posted 8/6/20

FOLEY - After 37 years in law enforcement, Foley’s sixth police chief, David Wilson, announced his retirement. Wilson will serve as chief until the end of August.

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FOLEY - After 37 years in law enforcement, Foley’s sixth police chief, David Wilson, announced his retirement. Wilson will serve as chief until the end of August.

“This is a very good changing of the guard,” said Wilson. “Effective Sept. 1, Police Chief Thurston Bullock, with Deputy Chief Kevin Carnley, Lieutenant Shawn Miller, Lieutenant Tony Fuqua, Lieutenant Glenn Hartenstein and Lieutenant Larry Dearing gives Foley an unstoppable command staff who I have full confidence in and great peace knowing this team is in place.”

Even though he’s retiring as chief, this certainly doesn’t mean the citizens of Foley have seen the last of Wilson. He’ll be returning to work part time as the Training Specialist for Foley.

“I am very excited about this opportunity,” he said. “I can stay a part of Team Foley and continue to help move The Forward City forward but in a different role - a part time role.”

Wilson began in Foley 13 years ago, when he came to the city from the Daphne Police Department, where he worked for 16 years. He was a captain at the time.

“Chief Joseph Hall was my police chief when I first got to Daphne PD and was my mentor and still is,” Wilson said. “He raised me in law enforcement and is who made me into the cop I am. Captain Charlie McNichol showed me what community-oriented policing meant as I rose through the ranks. That was critical in my career and I used community-oriented policing the rest of my career.”

Wilson stated he feels like his career is coming to a close at a great time for the Foley Police Department. According to Wilson, the department is fiscally sound, and that the officers he has on his team are “professional, productive, polite,” and community oriented.

“To the city of Foley, I don’t have the words to describe what it’s like working with you and for you,” said Wilson. “This is such a great community and city with such an honorable group of public servants and fellow employees. What a great place to live … To the citizens and businesses of Foley: we love you. Thank you so much for making me and my family feel at home from day one, thirteen years ago.”

Wilson plans to spend time with his wife and family once he retires. You can read Wilson’s full post to the community on the Foley Police Department’s Facebook page.