So long chief: Adickes announces retirement from Harlingen PD
HARLINGEN – After 35 years in law enforcement, Police Chief Jeffry Adickes will don his uniform for the last time Dec. 19. But he won’t be in his office completing paperwork or holding meetings with his administration and officers.
Instead, he will be out in the community doing what he does best.
It is fitting his last day will be at the 4 th annual Shop with a Cop outreach program, which helps Harlingen children in need purchase Christmas presents for themselves and their family members.
Since Adickes’ arrival in Harlingen in January of 2015, he has been a face in the crowd at events big and small throughout the Harlingen community.
He also has been at the forefront of new endeavors such as the Harlingen Heroes runs and has been a tireless advocator of community and proactive policing.
Adickes, who is closing in on four years as the Chief in Harlingen, announced on Facebook late yesterday afternoon his plans for retirement and the difficult decision it was to make.
“ These four years have provided some of the most challenging personal and professional moments in my career as we stood between those that would do violence to others,” he wrote on Facebook. “But at the same time it also has been equally rewarding. It has been a tremendous honor to serve our community and to walk the streets of this city and the halls of HPD.”
Upon his arrival in Harlingen from Austin, he promised the city two years. He ended up giving double.
“ This is an emotional decision that did not come easily because of my love for law enforcement, the men and women who wear the badge every day, our civilian leader and the people we serve – the citizens of Harlingen,” he wrote on Facebook.
Adickes started his law enforcement career in 1984 and he said in a phone interview yesterday afternoon the thoughts of retirement came up when nearing his 35 th anniversary in police work.
Many of his years were spent in Austin, but it is obvious he found a new home in Harlingen.
“ I love this city and I love the PD and the community has embraced (wife) Sonia and I from the start,” he said. “Everybody I worked with has been tremendous. And sitting on the sideline is going to be pretty difficult.”
But, he’s ready for some relaxation.
“ I am looking forward to ‘losing’ my phone and sleeping for a month,” he said with a chuckle.
Now, it is his opportunity to step aside and let someone else take over.
He won’t be going anywhere right away. He will still be around Harlingen for awhile after Dec. 19, until he and Sonia determine their next chapter.
“ She has a great job and she loves Harlingen,” Adickes said of his wife. “As soon as I got here, I loved this place and it has been special.”
Although he said in a phone interview late yesterday afternoon that he doesn’t believe in having a legacy, he does hope he realized at least one goal.
“ Hopefully I have knocked down some roadblocks for the men and women of the Harlingen Police Department and was able to bring them closer to the community and the community closer to them,” he said with the same tone and rate of speech he has throughout his years here. “If I accomplished that, I would be happy.”