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Lassiter retires from APD

After working more than 10 years with the Andalusia Police Department, Officer Jimmy Lassiter is retiring.

The APD recognized Lassiter Wednesday by giving him a plaque with his accomplishments on it.

“I think the thing I’m going to miss the most is going to be working with all of my fellow officers,” Lassiter said. “They have been a joy to work with and it is going to be hard to leave them.”

Lassiter said he will also miss working for the City of Andalusia.

“The City of Andalusia is so special to me because of the citizens,” Lassiter said. “They really showed up whenever Bubba (Bailey) got sick and have always been so kind and generous.”

Lassiter has been working as a police officer for 25 years and started in 1988. His career has taken him to departments in Mississippi and Alabama.

He was also employed by the Florala Police Department for three years.

“I think my fondest memory of working here would be all the good times I’ve had with my fellow officers,” Lassiter said. “I can remember two years ago when ADP had a night out on the town and we had karaoke set up. It was such a blast and I am going to miss all of the bonds that I have made with my coworkers.”

Since Lassiter is an experienced police officer of 25 years, he has some advice for the new incoming officers.

“You have to be smart on the street,” Lassiter said. “Treat people like you would like to be treated and when it comes time when you have to do your job, do it. In this business, what comes around always comes back around.”

Lassiter plans to spend his time during retirement at his paint and body shop fixing up vintage cars.

“In the past, it is what I would do in my free time and I would still be a police officer,” Lassiter said. “Now that I will always have free time, it is going to be nice to fix up some of the old cars I have.”