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Police chief announces resignation
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McMinnville Police Chief Charlie Sewell is saying farewell to the city of McMinnville and hello to the city of Powder Springs, Ga. His departure is scheduled for mid-August.“McMinnville is a really nice place to live, and I don’t have a burning desire to leave,” said Chief Sewell. “It is just a matter of career advancement and the best interest of my family.”Hired as McMinnville police chief on Sept. 14, 2006, Sewell will be leaving in mid-August to begin his new position.“It is hard to believe five years have passed since I moved to McMinnville,” Sewell said. “I will miss the wonderful people, and I am grateful for the opportunity I was given to be successful.”In his five years, Sewell began Citizens Police Academy, a tip sheets program, National Night Out, business surveys, residential surveys, police trading cards, and spearheaded the idea behind Smokin’ in McMinnville.Under his leadership, McMinnville Police Department was the first in the state to receive accreditation from the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police.