By MELINDA WILLIAMS
Dublin Town Council will announce the retirement of Police Chief Jay Vest tonight, according to the agenda for council’s monthly meeting.
Vest has served the town of Dublin for the past 31 years and has been its chief for 14 years. The announcement will be made near the end of tonight’s 7 p.m. council meeting, which will be held in council chambers on the upper floor of Dublin Town Hall.
According to The Southwest Times’ archives, Vest began his law enforcement career as a dispatcher with Giles County Sheriff’s Office. He later was promoted to road deputy and investigator.
Vest worked briefly at Pulaski Police Department before joining Dublin’s department as a patrol officer in 1981. He worked his way up to the rank of captain before being named chief of police in September 1997.
Council appointed him to the chief’s position after former chief Russ Gwaltney resigned.