CENTREVILLE — Centreville Police Chief Kenny Rhodes has announced his retirement effective July 7.
He made the announcement at a June 11 town council meeting, saying, “This will conclude 30, give or take, years between law enforcement and security services.”
He started his career with Maryland State Police on March 12, 1990, retired from there, did a stint with Ridgely Police, then worked security for a couple years before being recruited to come back to law enforcement with the Centreville Police Department, Rhodes said. He is finishing his eighth year with CPD.
Although he was born and raised in Church Hill, Rhodes said he never saw himself working for Centreville Police, much less leading the department.
“You just never know how fate is going to treat you,” he said. He called it “a great ride.”
“I am just thankful for all the partnerships, thankful for all the support. I’m thankful for the community that we live in because it, it’s wonderful,” Rhodes said.
He added that community members should be proud of their police department and its officers “because they are top notch.”
He said the officers “put service above self each and every day” for the citizens of Centreville and he is
proud to have been a part of the Centreville Police Department and proud to have led it.
Council Vice President thanked Rhodes for his service, saying he had done a “fantastic job.”
Council President Jeff Morgan and Councilman Josh Shonts also expressed their appreciation.
Morgan agreed with Rhodes that CPD is “top notch.”
Shonts told Rhodes he had done “a great job.”
Since Rhodes’ retirement will happen before the council’s next meeting, McCluskey asked if Rhodes had a recommendation for someone to serve as acting chief while they search for his replacement.
Rhodes recommended Lt. Conrad Meil, his second in command.
The council voted unanimously to approve Meil as acting chief and directed Town Manager Steve Walls to advertise the chief’s position.