KINGSPORT — Nearly six years to the day since his promotion to Chief of Kingsport Police, and after 33 years of service to the department, Gale Osborne has announced plans to retire.
According to an e-mail from city spokesperson Tim Whaley, Osborne's retirement will be effective May 17. A prepared statement from Osborne says he'll continue to place faith and family first in his life, with retirement bringing a new phase in his life by helping care for his mother.
"Regarding my work family, I am so grateful for my brothers and sisters in Public Safety that continue to put their lives on the line every day," Osborne said. "They do so with a quiet determination to keep each other and our community safe. I am proud of their efforts and professionalism, and I will rest easy knowing that I continue to be protected by them. I hope that I have honored them as well, in my conduct as their Chief of Police."