CANTON, MS (WLBT) - Canton Assistant Police Chief Bracy Coleman submitted his retirement papers Tuesday.
He started out in 1974 as a beat cop in Jackson and worked his way all the way up to chief. He served as Jackson police chief in for four years, assistant chief for eight years and interim chief for a year.
Coleman first made a name for himself on the street, fighting the drug wars in the 1980s and '90s as a narcotics officer.
Coleman had wanted the job as Jackson chief of as early as 1993 but was passed over for many years. He finally made it to the top in Jackson in 1998.
After retiring from JPD with 28 years' experience, he became assistant chief in Canton six years ago. That is the position he is retiring from at the end of this month.
"There are things here that are not being shared with me as the assistant chief of police by the chief," Coleman said. "I don't have anything against (Vickie McNeill); it's just that she don't share things with me pertaining to the day-to-day operation of the police department."
Coleman served in Vietnam as a gunner on an 81-millimeter mortar. He retired from the national guard as first sergeant of the 20th special forces.
The man who was his former boss in Canton, Robert Winn, now a Madison County investigator, had high praise for Coleman.
"He's a great man," Winn said. "A man with knowledge, a man with experience, a man who brings a lot of professionalism to the Canton Police Department."
Coleman ends a 35-1/2 year career in law enforcement on Saturday.
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