HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - After 43 years, Henrico Police Chief Douglas Middleton is stepping away from the county's police force after announcing his retirement earlier this year.
During a ceremony outside Henrico's government center, Middleton was presented with a retired police chief badge, recognizing him for his years of dedicated service.
"When you put on the uniform for the last time, it leaves an impression on your heart," said Middleton.
Middleton was sworn in as a police officer with Henrico on Nov. 29, 1972. He will remain a sworn officer and transition to deputy county manager for Public Safety, which is part of the county manager's office.
"I hope that I can count on you to rally behind Cardounel and give him the same level of energy because there are difficult days ahead and these are serious times and it takes serious people to lead an organization like this," Middleton closed.
Humberto "Hum" I. Cardounel Jr., a longtime member of the department, was announced last week as the person who would succeed retiring Police Chief Middleton.
New Chief Cardounel, a nearly 30-year veteran of the Henrico Police Department, will take over for Middleton, effective Friday following a 1 p.m. ceremony in the Board of Supervisors' auditorium.
A graduate of Douglas Freeman High School, Cardounel joined the police force in 1988. Over the years he rose through the ranks, developed the agency's Homeland Security Section, and became a decorated officer. He once was awarded for delivering and resuscitating a baby.
"My philosophy is simple, and I think, at times, simple is good. Do the right thing," said Cardounel.
Cardounel say he has lots of goals for the department, and hopes to live up to the legacy of predecessors, like outgoing Chief Middleton.
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