Story by Gator Kincaid
LANETT- On Friday, the City of Lanett held a retirement reception for Police Chief Johnny Wood at the Jane Farrar Event Center.
"Today we are here to help celebrate the retirement of Chief Johnny Wood, who will be retired for about thirty days and will be coming out of retirement to join the city of Lanett as inspector.
"With much thanks and gratitude for your service to the city of Lanett, and its citizens for over 25 years of outstanding, and dedicated service, we thank you", added Heard as he read the proclamation to Wood.
Those in attendance included former Valley Police Chief Tommy Weldon, colleagues of Wood who have worked with him throughout his career, and his family.
"You don't get here without a lot of help from your friends, family, co-workers, and God. I love all of y'all and I am so glad I got the opportunity to come back because I really don't think I could handle being gone for too long. Everyone of y'all has been a huge part of my life", said an emotional Wood as he expressed appreciation.
Wood has served in law enforcement for 29 years.
Afterward Lanett Interim Police Chief Richard Casnerpresented Wood with his gun, and badge followed by a catered lunch.