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Big retirements announced by Greenville

Chad Phillips, Sue Arnold and Lonzo Ingram. (Bruce Branum/The Standard)

Chad Phillips, Sue Arnold and Lonzo Ingram. (Bruce Branum/The Standard)




Greenville Police Chief Lonzo Ingram, Greenville Fire Department Chief Chad Phillips and City Clerk-Treasurer Sue Arnold are retiring from service to the City of Greenville.

Ingram is retiring after 31 years of service to the City of Greenville. He has dedicated 45 years to law enforcement with previous service to the cities of Ozark and Daleville. He began his tenure as chief with the Greenville Police Department on March 15, 1985.

During the Monday night Greenville City Council meeting, Justin Lovvorn was sworn in as the new police chief.

Tim Warrick was sworn in as interim fire chief, after the retirement of Phillips.

Phillips’ 25-year career with the fire department began as a firefighter in October of 1991 and he worked his way through the ranks as a leader in the GFD. Previously he was a senior fire captain with the department before moving into the position of chief on March 25, 2013.

Dee Blackmon was sworn in as interim City Clerk-Treasurer, after the retirement of Arnold.

Arnold has been with the city nearly 25 years; she began her service in the fire department under now retired Chief Mike Phillips. In May 1993, she moved to the city clerk’s office and became assistant to City Clerk Linda VandenBosch and assumed the role and duties of city clerk-treasurer in December 2006.

“I want to thank each of these outstanding individuals for their many years of service to the City of Greenville,” Mayor McLendon said. “They will be missed and we wish them all the best in their well-deserved retirement.”

Ed Sims was sworn in as Mayor Pro-Tempore, after long standing Mayor Pro-Tem Jeddo Bell stepped down from the position.

Richard Hartley will continue to serve as city attorney for the 2016-2020 term.

Council members were appointed to various local boards. Councilman Ryan was appointed to the planning commission; Mayor McLendon & Councilman Reynolds were appointed to the Butler County Commission for Economic Development; Councilman Reynolds was appointed to the Butler County Industrial Development Authority; Councilman Lawson was appointed to Greenville-Butler County Public Library Board and the Emergency Medical Services Board and Mayor McLendon, Councilman Reynolds, Councilman Sims and Councilman Ryan were appointed to the Ordinance Review Committee. Councilman Bell was re-appointed to the Greenville Water Works and Sewer Board.

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