The late Bill Swiney served his community at the Dalton Police Department, where he worked his way up to captain during a 25-year career.
On Dec. 21, family, friends and co-workers gathered to honor his son, Captain Rick Swiney, upon his retirement from the Whitfield County Sheriffs Office after a record-setting 43-year career with the department.
I always knew I wanted to follow in his footsteps if given the opportunity, Capt. Swiney said of his father. I grew up in Dalton and wanted to stay in this great community, and was ecstatic when Sheriff (Gerald) Mauldin offered me a job at age 18 in 1974.
Little did Sheriff Mauldin and the residents of Whitfield County realize it would turn out to be the only job Capt. Swiney would ever have over the next 43 years, during which he survived 11 elections and worked under five sheriffs, including Scott Chitwood.
Youre not going to find a more respected individual, nobody thats more dedicated and committed to their job, Sheriff Chitwood said during Capt. Swineys retirement reception held at the Whitfield County Correctional Center. You know, 43 years is a long time. To my knowledge and I think Im right hes the longest serving law enforcement ...