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Vidalia Police Honors
Monday, 29 March 2010

March 29--  The annual appreciation dinner for members of the Vidalia Police Department featured special recognition for four members of the department. Vidalia Police Chief Frank Waits made the presentations.

ImageCorporal Ronald "Chip" Fincher is the department's Rookie of the Year.

ImageThe Supervisor of the Year is Detective Lieutenant Tony Phillips.

ImageThe Employee of the Year is Tina Hill. 

ImageVidalia city manager Bill Torrance was named the department's Citizen of the Year.  Sergeant Kim Williamson is the Officer of the Year but was unable to attend due to military training. 

The dinner has been sponsored for years by Vidalia automobile dealers and was organized this year by Bob Webster.  "We just appreciate what they do.  We'd have a terrible life here in Vidalia without them.  We love them and appreicate them," he said.

Police chief Frank Waits says its means a lot to members of the department, "It shows we're not always the bad guy and we like being the good guy with the white hat," he said.

Overall crime rates in Vidalia are down and Mayor Ronnie Dixon gives credit to the police department.

"I've been here 30-something years and I can tell you it's the best it's ever been and we're improving on it every year.  We have a great police chief and great police officers who are doing a tremendous job for this city," Mayor Dixon said.

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