Collinsville police chief retires after nearly 40 years of service

COLLINSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – After nearly 40 years of law enforcement service, Collinsville Police Chief Rex Leath is retiring.

According to a Facebook post from the Collinsville Police Department, Leath served continuously in law enforcement for 39 years and 10 months.

“For the past 39 years I’ve known what I’m going to wear to work every workday, but very soon I’ll have to find a civilian wardrobe,” Leath wrote. “Besides being a husband, father and grandfather, being a police officer has been one of the greatest honors of my life.”

Leath began his career with the Boaz and Guntersville Police Departments before moving to Collinsville.

“Reaching the rank of Chief of Police has only increased my admiration for the men and women of this profession and my appreciation for the people who call Collinsville, Alabama home,” Leath continued.

Leath said he never thought he would see the things he has seen in his career, including rioting, civil unrest and a global pandemic.

“When one door opens, another door opens,” Leath said. “Retirement is not the end of the road. It is the beginning of the open highway.

Leath’s last day as an officer will be July 31, 2022. He will be succeeded by Andy Brown as the city’s acting police chief, according to the Collinsville Police Department.

To see Leath’s full statement on his retirement, click here.


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