JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Former Jackson deputy police chief Tyrone Lewis is speaking out about his retirement. The 28 year law enforcement veteran said the time was just right.
When asked if he was forced to retire, Lewis replied, "No it wasn't. My retirement was planned, Katina. It just happened to come at a time when there was some controversy going on in the police department."
There were some rumors that because of a newspaper article that came out a couple of weeks ago, talking about some testimony dealing with an apartment complex, was the real reason for Lewis' retirement.
"I want to be clear and set the record straight on that. It was an opinion that was given. And opinions are either believed or not believed. But that was my opinion and I was limited as to what I could say in my opinion, according to the judge and ruling of the court."
What's next for you? "I am still going to be active with the things that we created in the Jackson Police Department. We just won't be doing it as a Jackson Police Officer, but as a retired Jackson Police Officer."
Lewis was asked if he plans to run for sheriff. He responded, "Well I'm going to ask you and the listening public to stay tuned. Law enforcement has been my career. Law enforcement has raised me. I'm very concerned about safety, not only in the city, but the county and the state. My days of law enforcement are not over. I am weighing those options. We had a very successful run as a novice candidate last time, and we're looking seriously about running again.
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