Hill honored with retirement reception
Manila Chief of Police Jackie Hill was honored with a retirement reception Sunday afternoon at the Depot Center. Family and friends came together to wish him well and thank him for his years of service to the citizens of Manila.
Friday, Sept. 11, was his last day as Manila Chief, a position he has held since 1997.
Chief Hill has been in law enforcement since 1990 starting out as a jailer for the Mississippi County Sheriff's Department. He served as a patrolman in Manila for four years, went back to the sheriff's department and then returned to Manila as chief.
Chief Hill has served under four mayors, Jimmy White, Melvin Browning, Clifford Veach and Wayne Wagner. Hill expressed his appreciation to the past and present mayors and council members for having confidence in him to allow him to lead the police department and serve the people of Manila.
"It is not always an easy job," he said. "I've seen more than I want to see but the career has been good to me. For the most part the people in town have supported me through the years."
Hill said he wants to focus on the good memories.
There have been a lot of changes throughout the years. Hill said when he first started there was only one police unit. Officers would have to switch it out at the end of their shifts.
"Today we have six patrol units," Hill said. "I want to see the Manila Police Department continue upgrading equipment. Manila is getting bigger and we will need a dispatch system and technology equipment in the police vehicles. It is sad but nowadays officers are a sitting target. I can also see a need for more manpower and maybe even a full time CID officer."
Hill has always had a place in his heart for kids in Manila and he served on the school board for 10 years.
During his tenure, Chief Hill helped implement a partnership between the city and school to have a resource officer on duty at the school.
Hill and his wife, Karan, have one son and daughter-in-law, Justin and Courtney Hill, and three granddaughters, Aubrey, 8, Keagan, 4, and Reagan, 2.
Hill will not have any trouble staying busy as he plans to spend more time with his grandchildren. He also has a lawn service and rental property to take care of.
He enjoys wrestling and is known by his young fans as Chief Hill. He started wrestling about 25 years ago to help with a benefit. He plans to continue wrestling as long as his body will let him.
"The kids really enjoy coming to the wrestling and I enjoy watching them," Hill said.