Chief Eddie Phillips will be retiring as the public safety director and acting city manager of East Ridge in the next few days. I and many others would like to say thank you for all that you have done for the city . East Ridge has come out of the dark ages and moved into the 21st century with Chief Phillips at the controls of our fire and police departments.
The city can not keep a city manager or have a city council that can act like grown ups, but that has never held our fire and police departments down.
I would personally like to thank the chief and his family for all of the sacrifices they have endured over the years. East Ridge now has to decide if they will fill his position of public safety director, that is an easy answer, those shoes can not be filled.
East Ridge should promote each deputy chiefs of each department up to chief. Chief Mize (police) Chief Flynn (fire) they both know their respective departments workings inside and out. Chief Phillips has lead and taught by example and these two men will keep the city's best interest priority one.
Thank you, Chief Eddie Phillips, for making East Ridge a better place to work and live.
Gary DeWayne Johnson