Congratulations to Shannon Hills Police Chief Allen Spears, who turned in his last shift on Monday, January 31, 2023.
Spears began his law enforcement career when he was elected Constable in Ward 2 in Saline County in November 1986. He served two 6-year terms in that position.
In the Spring of 1991, Spears was hired by Shannon Hills Marshall Rick Vinyard. He attended the Police Academy in Camden in January 1992. He later relocated to East Arkansas and worked for the Hazen Police Department. He then served as Devalls Bluff Police Chief for three years. He then served as a patrolman at Pulaski Technical College. The next stop made out come full circle.
“After a 13-year adventure working for the State, I had the opportunity to come back in 2011 to work for a great city where I actually began my law enforcement career, and had the chance to retire from the place it all began,” said Spears.
“Law enforcement has changed dramatically over my tenure, but I have always believed in and encouraged my officers to treat others with respect – and you will receive it back in return for the most part.
Spears is happy to retire but doesn’t rule out some involvement in the future. “It is time for me to take a break. Not to say I will not return someday. This profession gets in your blood and it is hard to remove the desire to help others in the way I have.
“With over 30 years of working in a field where we are often not liked, if I was able to touch just one person with a kind word it was worth it all.”
Tim Dudderar is now acting Police Chief in Shannon Hills.