Knoxville community says goodbye to Chief Sterling Owen

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)--Governor Bill Haslam made a special stop in Knoxville to join others in wishing his friend and colleague Sterling Owen a happy retirement.

Chief Owen retires from the Knoxville Police Department on March 26.
on Thursday, March 24, Knoxville held his retirement party at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum.

Hundreds showed up for the celebration and the honor guard, which Chief Owen brought back, performed a special number.

The Tennessee Athletic Department honored Chief Owen with an orange jersey, with his nickname, IV on the back.

When Governor Haslam was mayor of Knoxville, he appointed Chief Owen as chief of police.

Now that Governor Haslam has moved onto Nashville, Chief Owen is stepping down and he said his send off was very emotional and humbling.

Chief Sterling Owen says, "There was a line that stretched out the door and I understand they finally cut the line off. It was extremely humbling. Almost embarrassing. I don' t know what else to say, but um, It was very rewarding."

Chief Owen's successor will be Chief Deputy David Rousch who will be sworn into office Friday night at the Knoxville Museum of Art.


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