GASTONIA, N.C. -- Gastonia Police Chief Tim Adams announced on Friday that he will officially retire on January 1.

Adams will retire as a 30-year veteran of the Gastonia Police Department.

His career with the GPD began in 1982 as a patrolman; he was promoted through the ranks, and served as interim chief following the retirements of Chief Rodney Parham and Chief Terry Sult.

He was selected as Gastonia's 21st police of chief on November. 20, 2008.

Adams holds a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Gardner Webb University. He is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's National Academy, and has been awarded the department's Police Star for Gallantry and a Lifesaving Medal.

It was my distinct privilege to have named Tim Adams as police chief for the city of Gastonia, and with each passing week since that time his actions and efforts on behalf of our citizens have proven just how right that decision was, city manager Jim Palenick said.

Our community has been extremely well-served under the watchful stewardship of Chief Adams and we will miss his dedication and leadership. At the same time, however, he leaves in place a top-level management team of law enforcement professionals ready to continue to move the department forward as a legacy to his direction and vision. Tim Adams has our sincere gratitude.

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