WINTERS - Winters Police Chief Randall Davis, who has been the chief in Winters for the past six years, submitted his resignation to the Winters City Council on Monday, Dec. 19. His last day on the job was Dec. 31.

WINTERS  - Winters Police Chief Randall Davis, who has been the chief in Winters for the past six years, submitted his resignation to the Winters City Council on Monday, Dec. 19.  His last day on the job was Dec. 31.

Davis was honored with a retirement reception on Thursday at the Rock Hotel. 

“I  love the town and I love the people here and I will miss them,” Davis said prior to the reception. 

Davis was hired as a Winters police officer in 2011 where he worked under former Chief Nathan Johnson. After Johnson’s departure, six months later, Davis was appointed chief and has remained in the position since then.

Davis is retiring after being in law enforcement for 29 years.  He came to Winters after serving as police chief in Olney. Before that he worked as chief in Lexington, Texas. Previous to that position, he worked as a commander of patrol and captain of investigations for the Luling Police Department. He also worked for six years at the Marble Falls Police Department.

“Law enforcement is a stressful job,” Davis said.

He began his career after graduating in 1988 from the West Central Texas Council of Government’s Law Enforcement Academy in Abilene.

His first job was as a deputy for the San Saba County Sheriff’s Office.

“They carried my commission and I worked for them after graduation,” Davis said.

There was no word on whether the city council would be appointing an interim chief, at press time.

“We will be accepting applications for the position,” Mayor Lisa Yates said.

Davis said he would continue to assist Sgt. Paula Geyer, the highest ranking member of the Winters P.D.,  to allow for a smooth transition.

Meanwhile, Davis, 57, said he plans to leave the law enforcement profession to pursue other business interests.

“I have made a great many friends here,” Davis said.  “They are fantastic.”