FLINT TWP. — It’s official. After 25 years of service, township police Sgt. Randy Kimes retired June 30.
A recognition ceremony in his honor was held Monday at the township board meeting.
Kimes received a standing ovation from the audience, which included members of his family, after a proclamation in his honor was read and Police Chief George Sippert presented him with his framed service revolver and badge.
In his comments, Sippert said that among a long list of accomplishments, Kimes was twice named officer of the year by the Optimist Club in 2011 and in 2012.
The 2012 award was for his significant contribution to a serial stabber investigation that included a township resident found dead on MIller Road. Elias Abuelazam has been tried and convicted in those crimes.
Kimes other Optimist Award was for his diligent work in the mall rapist case which involved a man who raped two women at the Genesee Valley Center shopping mall on MIller Road and at Courtland Center mall in Burton.
Kimes also received the department’s Distinguished Service Medal in 1997 and numerous other professional excellence citations, Sippert said.
Township Supervisor Karyn MIller read a proclamation from the township board acknowledging Kimes roles as an active leader on the police force. Most recently, he served as the road patrol officer playing an integral part in the daily operations of the police department. He also served 12 years as an investigator, was an undercover officer assigned to the GAIN antiauto theft unit, a field training officer, instructor and patrol officer.
Members of Kimes family were in the audience including his mother, son, daughter and several grandchildren.