Ridgeland Mayor Gene McGee and Police Chief Jimmy Houston at Houston's retirement party last week.
Ridgeland Mayor Gene McGee and Police Chief Jimmy Houston at Houston's retirement party last week.
Police Chief Jimmy Houston celebrated the culmination of 12 years of service to the City of Ridgeland at Holmes Community College last Friday as friends and staff alike joined him for an official retirement party.

"It's very, very rewarding; more rewarding that these young officers showed up here today to say, 'Thank you, Chief. I appreciate everything you've done for me,'" Chief Houston said of the experience, "That's what gets you in your heart."

After four decades in law enforcement, Houston announced in May that he would be turning in his gun and badge in order to become head of the Criminal Justice Department at Holmes Community College.

Ridgeland's top cop has always had a soft spot for the next generation. "It's amazing the number of people you affect when you're in this field," he said. "You raise folks up and help folks get to positions they need to be."

Houston, who also has 24 years of experience with the Jackson Police Department under his belt, retires on Thursday. He hopes that the new job will allow him to spend more time with his grandchildren.

At the Ridgeland Police Department, Randy Tyler will take over as chief of police. According to Houston, Tyler is highly intelligent and has a good command presence. "I'm looking forward to it for Randy," said the retiring police chief. "He's a good man."