Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Chase Richards joins Apalachicola Police Force


APD Newest Officer Chase Richards
Photo by Lt. Pam Lewis 

At their regular scheduled monthly meeting held last night Apalachicola City Commissioners hired Chase Richards as the newest member of the Apalachicola Police Department (APD).

Richards was recommended for hire in a letter presented by Lt. Pam Lewis from Apalachicola Chief of Police Bobby Varnes, who was not at the meeting because of a pressing community related matter. The vacancy on the force was created with the June retirement of Capt. Steve James.

“It’s my belief that Mr. Chase Richards would be a great asset to the Apalachicola Police Department, as well as the City of Apalachicola… he comes well trained, and highly qualified in his profession as a law enforcement officer.  It is my recommendation that we bring him on board as an officer with the Apalachicola Police Department”, wrote Varnes.

Richards is a lifelong resident of Franklin County currently living in the Eastpoint area, a 2010 graduate of Franklin County School and a 2011 graduate of Gulf Coast State College Law Enforcement Academy. He brings right at three-years of experience to the job working as a road deputy with the Franklin County Sheriff Office where he joined after graduating from the academy.

On a motion made by City Commissioner Mitchell Bartley and unanimously passed by the city commission Richards was hired to fill the vacancy.