Wes Snyder Stepping Down As Cleveland Police Chief; Gives Letter Of Retirement

Friday, December 06, 2013
Wes Snyder is stepping down as Cleveland, Tn.'s police chief - a post he has held since 2004.

Janice Casteel, Cleveland city manager, said, "Chief Snyder announced his retirement effective January 5th, 2014 - which marks his 10th year as Chief of Police and 33 years of service with the city of Cleveland.

"We wish him well in his retirement."

Chief Snyder spent 33 years with the Cleveland Police Department.

Here is his retirement letter:

Dear Fellow Ofiicers and Employees,

I have decided to formally announce my retirement effective January 5, 2014. This will mark my
10th anniversary as Chief of Police. lt has been an honor and privilege to lead our Department
these past 10 years.

Almost 33 years ago I started out as a patrol officer and worked my way up through the ranks.
That's a possibility for any of you. Remain steadfast to your goals and maintain a high degree of
integrity. The future is bright for each of you with the City of Cleveland.

It's been a pleasure to work with many of you throughout the years. Please continue to maintain
the high standard of professionalism you have provided.


Funeral Will Be Thursday For 1 Of 2 Men Killed In Motorcycle Wreck

Funeral services will be Thursday for one of two men killed in the wreck of two motorcycles on Sunday night. Police said two motorcycles on Rossville Boulevard went out of control and struck separate utility poles. Robert “Corky” Dunn, 53, of Rossville, attended Rossville High School and was a member of Anchor of Hope Baptist Church. He loved his Harley, fishing, and collecting ... (click for more)

Neighbors Throw Rock Through Window To Wake Up Man Sleeping At Apartment Fire

An apartment fire late Monday night resulted in one man being sent to the hospital after he was alerted by neighbors. The Chattanooga Fire Department received the alarm at 9:38 p.m. and responded to Rainbow Creek Apartments at 7604 Standifer Gap Road with six fire companies. Details are still sketchy on what happened initially, but Captain Anthony Moore with the Fire Investigation ... (click for more)

I'm Number One In A Round About Way

Roundabouts have been popping up all over Chattanooga over the past few years and for the most part have been successful.  Unfortunately there are some who just don’t get it as I have found out the hard way.    My latest instance was last week when a young woman on her cell phone almost t-boned me as she flew into the roundabout without yielding.  A near miss ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Judge Philyaw Is The Best

Tomorrow morning there will be a special gathering at the Hamilton County Juvenile Court that will prove to our community that we have perhaps the most innovative juvenile judge in America. Shortly after Rob Philyaw was hand-picked by our Hamilton County Commissioners to fill the remainder of Suzanne Bailey’s term 15 months ago, he found that truancy was a big problem in our schools. ... (click for more)

Vols Open 2018 Season Against West Virginia In Charlotte

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.   – The Charlotte Sports Foundation announced Tuesday that the Tennessee Volunteers will open the 2018 season on September 1 against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina, home of the NFL's Carolina Panthers. All information related to kickoff date, time and tickets will be announced at ... (click for more)

Local Swimmers Excel At Georgia, Tennessee State Meets

Several Chattanooga-area swimmers had successful weekends in various meets this past weekend. The McCallie/GPS Aquatics team finished sixth out of 50 teams at the Southeastern Swimming Championship in Knoxville while swimmers from Fort Oglethorpe and Ringgold also had memorable performances at the Georgia State Meet, also held last weekend. The McCallie/GPS team recorded ... (click for more)