ADDISON - Addison’s chief of police, Brett Rodgers, turned in his resignation to Mayor Marsha Pigg and the Addison Town Council Monday, Aug. 7.
He is leaving his current position after Aug. 15, to join the Alabama Department of Insurance as the fire marshal for Walker and Winston counties.
When former Police Chief Mitchell Woodard retired, Rodgers became APD’s chief on July 1, 2021, having rejoined the force in May of that year. He had previously been chief deputy at the Winston County Sheriff’s Office, but before that, he was APD’s school resource officer for two years, starting in 2019.
“We appreciate what you’ve done for us,” Pigg told Rodgers after accepting his letter of resignation, the council echoing that sentiment.
“I’ve enjoyed (being here). It’s hard to leave. Ya’ll have been very good to me,” Rodgers replied.
He said, as fire marshal, his office will be at the Sardis Fire Department, where he is the fire chief.
“This job that I’m going to is something I’ve always wanted to do,” Rodgers said later. “(It’s) what I’ve always worked for and trained for.
“I’ve been a fire chief at Sardis Fire Department in Cullman County for 20 years now, and so I like both sides of it. This job is kind of the best of both worlds,” he said. “I’m looking forward to working close with the volunteer fire departments here and to try to establish a good relationship, working with them (and) helping them with (their) needs.”
“I’ve really enjoyed my time at Addison,” Rodgers noted. “This is probably one of the best jobs (I’ve had) as far as my law enforcement career (goes). You have great people working here. They’ve made it real easy. The mayor and the council have been great to work for. I really can’t say enough about them because they’re everything. They help us with anything we need. They’re very good to the (police) department.”
“He’s worked for us twice. He’s just been a great chief,” Pigg said of Rodgers. “He’s more than a chief. He’s a handy man. He can do anything. He’s just really good at anything he takes his mind to.”
“He had always said that if this job came up he would take it, and I knew it could happen,” she continued. “It was just a little quicker than we thought. You can’t blame anyone for bettering themselves. We’re proud for him. He’ll still be around. He’ll help us anytime we need him.”
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