‘I am retiring as police chief in early April’

John Hohensee

As many of you know, for the last six months or so there has been widespread speculation regarding the possibility of my retirement. Well, here’s the highly sought after information — during my annual report presentation to Council, I announced that I intend on retiring in early April.

I have been a fulltime law enforcement officer since 1970. I’ve had a wonderful career, the pinnacle of which has been the last 12 years at the Pinecrest Police Department. I am very proud of the many accomplishments we have achieved together here in the Village. We have jointly created an agency comprised of devoted professionals dedicated to public safety service and in achieving our goal of “Committed to Excellence” every day. I cannot think of a better way to wrap up my career than to exit from an agency that is at the top of its game.

With the wholehearted support of Village Manager Galiano-Gomez, I have or am in the process of putting in place a comprehensive succession plan with the promotion of two new lieutenants and the future advancement of a deputy chief and another sergeant. I have every confidence that these new command staff members and supervisors will not only sustain the delivery of unparalleled law enforcement services, but will tweak and fine tune from time to time to make them even better. Please extend to them the same genuine support and effort you each have provided me.

While there are still several more months and a great deal of work to finish before I leave, I must tell that you that my wife Joan and I are excited about our next step in life’s journey. We intend on traveling extensively and have purchased a fifth wheel trailer with the goal of visiting each of our national parks. Needless to say, having a distinct goal to achieve and being active in retirement will suit my Type A personality just fine!

Though we will be moving out of Pinecrest and relocating to the Central Florida area, you’ll all often be in our thoughts and prayers. Thank you one and all.


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